Activity Duration: 2-3 hours
Age appropriate: 3 years old and above
An affordable craft/gift idea for children to make for their loved ones. Great for special occasions such as birthdays, and special days i.e. mother’s day, father’s day, teacher’s day etc. It can be used as a bookmark, a magnet or a decoration piece.
- Creativity and imagination
- Bonding session for parents and their children
- Improves fine motor skills and word recognition
- Wooden sticks
- Pom pom balls
- Glitter dust
- Acrylic paints and brushes
- Craft glue
- Craft googly eyes
- Marker pen
Step 1: Paint the wooden sticks
- Use acrylic paint to paint the wooden sticks with a base colour of your choice.
- Allow the paint to dry for about approximately 1 hour.
- Allow the child to use his/her fingers to create patterns on the wooden sticks.
Step 2: Decorating the painted wooden sticks
- Allow the child to use his/her imagination to decorate the wooden sticks with glitter dust, buttons, pom pom, sequins, buttons and googly eyes.
- For younger children, parents can assist by putting glue onto the location in which you want the child to paste the decorative items on.
- Tips on using the glitter dust on the wooden sticks – Pour some glitter dust into a bowl and provide a teaspoon for the child to scoop the glitter dust onto the wooden stick.
Step 3: Writing love messages
- With a permanent marker, allow the child to write short love messages on the decorated wooden sticks.
- This allows the child to express his/her feeling using language as a medium. This also helps the child to see the relevance and importance of learning languages.
- For younger children, parents can assist by spelling the words for them and allowing the child to write on the wooden sticks with/without assistance.
Final Product – All ready to give!
Poppletots was started in 2010 by a mom who left her job to be spend more time with her child. Poppletots aims to provide unique, fun and useful children related products such as educational kits and apparels. Within 2 years, Poppletots has become a fun-going cosy community for reviews and parents to exchange ideas. Find out more about Poppletots at www.facebook.com/poppletots
This article was first published in The New Age Parents e-magazine