Cheap and Easy Activity for a Toddler: Popsicle Stick Puzzles

By Polly Conner

As I mentioned in my previous post, I was so glad to be invited to a Busy Bag Party. I am now well equipped with quiet activities to keep a toddler busy on those days that I won’t be able to keep up with her.

Here is the activity that I contributed to the Busy Bag Swap.

The idea came from Motherhood on a Dime but I did it a little differently.

How to Make Your Own Popsicle Stick Puzzle:

popsicle puzzles

Supplies Needed:

  • 8 sticks per puzzle
  • Glue
  • Pictures cut out from old children’s books
  • Exacto knife or box cutter

Step One: Tape Popsicles Together

I just used painters tape but masking tape would work as well.


Step Two: Glue Pictures on to Popsicle Sticks

I had a few children’s books that had torn pages or were damaged in some way. Simply cut out pictures from these books to use for this project. Smear glue on the back of the picture and then adhere it to your sticks. Let dry.

popsicle craft for toddlers

Step 3: Cut Popsicle Sticks Apart

After removing the tape from the back of the sticks, use a box cutter or exacto knife, to carefully cut the sticks apart. I found it helped if I bent the pieces apart from each other before cutting. It helped me see where the crease was that I wanted to cut along.

Popsicle Stick Craft

Trim up any edges that need it and then you’re done!

Since I was part of the Busy Bag Exchange, I made a mass quantity of these. I think they’d be a great gift for a mom who has a toddler and a new baby. I may be making more of these in future.

popsicle stick puzzle

Happy crafting!

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5 replies
  1. holli says:

    this would be a great idea for all those book sleeves that I can’t for the life of me throw away and can never really decide on a craft for them. Some times I think I’m going to make them into a banner of some sort, or a really great paper chain for a baby shower, but this is really great. Cheers

  2. Rachel says:

    Bought my popsicle sticks this morning for this craft, despite being an avid non-crafter. I’m excited to do this one with my kids! Thanks, P.