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How to Create An Easy Popsicle Stick Puzzle for Toddlers

Updated on October 2, 2012
popsicle sticks - these are inexpensive and have many uses!
popsicle sticks - these are inexpensive and have many uses!
coffee puzzle, before - lines traced and ready to be cut
coffee puzzle, before - lines traced and ready to be cut
coffee puzzle - completed!
coffee puzzle - completed!
this animal is interesting and fairly simple to put together
this animal is interesting and fairly simple to put together
the little boy I nanny for loves cows, so he was excited about this one =)
the little boy I nanny for loves cows, so he was excited about this one =)

This puzzle is fun for kids and only takes a couple of minutes to make!

Things you will need:

  • Craft glue
  • Popsicle sticks
  • A few simple pictures from magazines (i.e. animals, plants or simple objects that capture the child's attention)
  • Imagination and creativitiy!


Step 1: Choose a simple photo from a magazine and cut it out. This should be something educational or fun that captures the child's interest. It should be a simple image, otherwise the puzzle may be too difficult for their age level.


Step 2: Take one popsicle stick and trace around it, either vertically or horizontally, until you have created several "pieces" to be glued onto your popsicle sticks.


Step 3: Cut out the pieces and glue them onto the popsicle sticks, one by one.


Step 4: Mix up the popsicle sticks.


Step 5: Puzzle is now ready to be put together by your favorite toddler!


Tips:

**Store puzzle pieces in a plastic baggie and keep all puzzles in a box or drawer so the pieces do not get lost or mixed in with other puzzles.


**Older children can practice cutting with child scissors, as well as tracing, using this craft. It's helpful in teaching them fine motor skills!


**You can create as many puzzles, with as many pieces, as you want! The sky is the limit =)


Hope you enjoyed this Kiddie Creation, inspired by the boy I nanny for! Please comment below if you liked this hub, and stop by again soon for more ideas!

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      N Kiddie 19 months ago

      Thanks, Paintdrips! :) Yes, RTalloni, I suppose you could use more popsicle sticks to create a bigger and more elaborate puzzle for older kids.

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      Denise McGill 19 months ago from Fresno CA

      Very cute and clever idea for young ones. I love it. Thanks.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Such a cute idea for little ones, and it could be expanded on for older kids. Thanks!

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      Rebecca Jensen 3 years ago from Western Oregon, USA

      What a fun idea to do with kids, I'll have to try this with my niece and nephews.

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      N Kiddie 3 years ago

      Thanks Rebecca! I appreciate the pin, too!

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This is a nice idea. So easy too! pinned!

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      N Kiddie 3 years ago

      Thanks so much Millionaire Tips!

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      Shasta Matova 3 years ago from USA

      That's really cute. What a clever idea! Pinned.

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      N Kiddie 4 years ago

      Thanks so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very nice hub! Innovative and interesting ways to keep the toddlers engaged. Thanks for sharing.