Looking for an easy activity you can do with your kids? Try this DIY craft stick activity that takes less than 5 minutes to make.
I have recently come across this activity and thought it would be a great idea to build shapes and learn colors with my 2-year old.
She is always full of energy and often need activities and entertainment to stay busy. Not only did it keep her busy but it also allowed me to have 10-15 minutes to myself – which is what most parents need right?
Let’s learn how to make them!
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What You Need
I love that this activity only requires two things to make, which you can easily find at your local store.
I recommend getting the colored craft sticks instead of the regular craft sticks because with colors, you can do more than just building shapes. You can match them, use it as a follow-along activity, and so much more.
In addition, the dots doesn’t have to be this specific brand (Velcro) but as long as they are the hook-and-loop dots, it will work well.
You can find more options available at retail stores such as Walmart, Target, Amazon, etc…
How to Assemble
Grab a craft stick and stick one of the Velcro dots on one end, while you use the other dot to stick on the other end (see “Note” below for details).
Note: There should be two Velcro dots, the soft side is called the loop and the rough side is the hook.
Make sure that both dots are on opposite sides of the stick that way they can connect with one another. There should only be one dot on one end at all times.
Now, repeat the same steps for all of the remaining craft sticks.
You can encourage your kid(s) to help you since the hook and loop dots are similar to stickers. My daughter loved putting on the hook and loop dots!
Building Shapes and Learning Colors
After completing the sticks, you can use it to build shapes!
A few examples include triangles, squares, pentagons, octagons, diamonds, stars, trapezoid, etc…
I also had my daughter read out the colors of the sticks as she built her shapes but you can challenge your kids in other ways.
- Have your child build shapes using only one color
- Have your child build shapes according to the colors of an image (You can draw a shape using colored markers and have him or her match it to the colors of the shape)
- Ask your child to build the shapes based on the type of colors allowed (1 Green, 1 Yellow, 1 Blue) or (1 Red, 1 Blue, 1 Green, 1 Yellow)
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Have other craft ideas? Comment below and let me know!