Ready for some fun? You can make a popsicle stick puzzle to go with your lesson OR let kids make them as a service project. Completed popsicle stick puzzles can go to homeless shelters, refugee assistance organizations, or just a kid in their lives who needs something to smile about.
Here are a few easy ways to make popsicle stick puzzles:
- Write, draw or paint directly on the craft sticks. You can decorate the sticks with pictures or words, religious or non-religious. You can write the words sideways like this photo, so the words themselves come apart, or one word or phrase per craft stick. First tape the sticks together with masking tape, then go wild with markers or acrylic paint. (Detailed instructions here.)
- Paste a photo or picture (cut from a poster or magazine cover for durability) on the popsicle sticks. First tape the sticks together with masking tape, then use Mod Podge to glue the photo or picture, and cut it apart when dry. (Detailed instructions here.)
That’s it! If you’re using these puzzles to teach a lesson, you can make a single puzzle that children make together, or make individual puzzles for each child in a ziploc bag.
For more kid-to-kid service projects, see Pint-sized Service Projects and Serving as Jesus Served: Class project or family activity