Popsicle Puzzle

popsicle craft

Do you have little ones home for spring break? Here is an easy craft you can do with them that teaches fine motor skills in a super fun way.

The more popsicle sticks you have the bigger the color. You can often find a bag of 100 at the dollar store.

Makes a fun craft for a child’s birthday party.

Materials Needed:

7 or 8 popsickle sticks (The more you have, the bigger your puzzle.)

Step 1:

The more similar the sticks are in color, the better. Line them up and tape them down on each side.

Step 2:

Draw your design using markers (We made a multicolored star). TIP: Place a dot at the end of each stick along one side for an easier puzzle solution. If you want more of a challenge, skip the dots.

super simple puzzleHelpful Hints:

Popsickle sticks can be purchased at most craft stores for about $1.50 for 500. Unfortunately, they don’t include the popsickle part!

Really Simple Ornaments Little Kids Can Make (with a little supervision)

Love ‘Em Ornaments

I bet you have a box of duplicate photos in your craft area, and if not, I bet you have a printer.

terrio-simple-photo-ornamenYou can help your children decorate a Christmas tree with photos of family rolled and placed in clear plastic ornaments.

Trust me, this is much easier than building a ship in a bottle and is a simple project for little hands.

  1. I cut this wedding photo into a heart shape.
  2. It didn’t quite unroll like I wanted so I simply used the eraser end of a pencil to uncurl it and viola!
  3. Instant ornament.

This would be a fun project to make as a theme:

VINTAGE—print  the photos in a sepia tone and tie the ornament at the top with ribbon

FAR AWAY—use photos of all those friends and family you are missing

Easy embellishments:

  • lace
  • ribbon
  • paste on jewels

lace-and-flowers-terri-oFestive Lace and Flowers

  1. Water down a small amount of white craft glue—about 2/3rds glue to 1/3rd water
  2. Pour into clear plastic ornament and swil around until insides are coated.
  3. Pour in glitter and swirl around. Let dry.
  4. Use a tacky craft glue to adhere a stip of ribbon and a few small flowers to the outside of the ornament and let dry. (My assistant scored a bag of lace scaps recently at a moving sale.)

terri-o-simple-ornamentGlitter on the Outside Ornament

  1. Draw glue lines on the outside of an ornament—I used a clear plastic one.
  2. Turn it in one hand as you sprinkle glitter with the other—do this over a sheet of paper and you can put any excess glitter back into its jar.
  3. Let dry.



Notebook Covers with Xyron Sticker Maker

If your young children have not yet decorated your back-to-school gear yet, get ’em started by gathering these supplies on the table and start crafting!pencils Terri O

  • Crazy pencils
  • Micro beads
  • Ribbon
  • Threads
  • Yarn
  • Any fibers
  • Two sided tacky tape or contact paper
  • Scissors
  • Plastic containers or small plastic bags
  1. Wrap tape around pencil or favorite pen.
  2. Wrap ribbon or fibers around pen. If you want to use beads you can just dip the pencil into the beads for best results.
  3. Use the cover of the tape to help secure any loose beads by placing it over the beads and squeezing.

Notebook supplies:

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  1. Notebooks, folders or composition notebooks
  2. Favorite paper and embellishments
  3. Ribbon
  4. Xyron sticker maker – Watch how simple it is to make cool stickers!

I cut my favorite paper to fit a notebook 7 ¼ x 10 inches and the composition notebook at 6 ½ x 9 ½ .

DIY Styrofoam Stamps for Children to Craft

·    Clean styrofoam meat trays-preferably white, its easier to see the design
·    pencil
·    design idea in mind
·    scissors
·    acrylic paint
·    cards to stamp on
·    sponge brush
·    paper plate for paint
1. Look at the bottom of the styrofoam and cut out a piece that is smooth. You may want to cut 2 so you can glue them together. It makes the stamp thicker and easier to hold.
2. On the smooth side draw into the styrofoam with a pencil. Remember if you are writing a name you will have to write it backwards!
3. With your sponge brush cover your stamp with your paint. Less is more!
4. Stamp your design onto some plain paper to make sure you like it. If you do add more paint and stamp your card.
5. You may need to add paint to each stamp.
6. Let dry and give to someone you love.

Father’s Day Plaque with Clay

A gift of heart made with  little hands for Dad, Pops, Popa, Pa, Father, Grandpa…

You need look no further for the clay recipes.

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Baked Clay

Materials Needed:

2 Cups Flour

1 Cup Salt

2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil

3/4 – 1 Cup Water


Mix together flour and salt. Add the oil and then slowly add the water and stir until you get a nice clay consistency.

Paint after baking.


No-Bake Clay

2 Cups Flour

1 Cup Salt

1 Cup Water

Instructions: Paint with food coloring. Air dry 2 days.