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How to Create an Easy Popsicle Stick Puzzle for Toddlers

Updated on November 3, 2017
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!


**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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