Daily Activity for Kids – Day 43 – Popsicle Stick Activity

During this COVID-19 pandemic, many parents are home with their children and looking for things to do. This is a daily post to give you ideas of fun things to do. It comes from activities that we implement at our daycare centre using our Four Pillars of Learning curriculum. Since we are closed during this time, we are sharing the activity for you to implement in your own home. Enjoy!

Daily Activity for Kids – Popsicle Stick Activity

Popsicle sticks are so versatile and are a great material to have on hand for your child to explore with. They can be used to create art or engage in engineering activities such as building structures. This activity is simple and open-ended. Resist the temptation to have an end product, just let the creative juices flow.

Step 1: Gather the following items: popsicle sticks (craft sticks), rocks, glue, small pine cones, leaves, natural feathers, any other types of natural collage materials you have on hand.

Step 2: Put the materials on a tray for your child to explore with. Give the child instructions to make something with the materials on the tray. They don’t have to use all the materials but they can if they want to.

Step 3: You can also participate with your child and make something while you sit beside them. Engage in conversation about what they are making (let them tell you what they are making instead of making any assumptions about it). For younger children, you can label the objects you are using as you go to build language skills. You can add in some math skills by counting the objects too.

Step 4: Take a picture of the creations made by you and your child. You can print and hang the photo or post it here too to make the child feel proud of their accomplishment.

This daily kids activity incorporates many learning areas based on our Four Pillars of Learning curriculum including: (STEAM – art, engineering, math) and language skills.