People of all ages love puzzles. Jigsaw puzzles, 3-D puzzles – thousands of puzzles are bought and sold every year. Little kids like puzzles, too, but they can be a bigger challenge to a kid than to an adult. Really little kids have trouble positioning shapes and interlocking them with the others pieces, but if they had a different kind of puzzle, these challenges would not be a problem.
No matter how many different puzzles you see at the store they’re basically the same types: ones that interlock and ones that don’t. Kids’ puzzles inside a cardboard or board frame, or more complicated puzzles which are 3-D. However, there is yet another kind of puzzle and maybe you’ve never seen one before. It’s flat like other puzzles but has no interlocking pieces. It’s so simple to make and to put together that you’ll be glad you discovered the process!
Use ordinary popsicle sticks to make unique puzzles that are really easy for little kids. Save your own sticks or purchase them. Use ones that are unfinished, like most popsicle sticks are, or use ones that are available in various colors at a craft store. Use full-size popsicle sticks or make smaller puzzles with miniature craft sticks. These are all options you have when making the new kids’ puzzles.
Lay the popsicle sticks flat on a table. It’s up to you how many you want to use but you don’t want the puzzle to be really long. It can be helpful to tape the sticks together on one side, temporarily, to hold them still while you create the puzzle design.
There are several different methods you can do to make a design on the popsicle stick puzzle. One is to simply write or draw, freehand, the picture you want. Another is to use rubber stamps to create the scene or design. Another option is to use stencils and markers. You can make a much nicer puzzle if you first glue a piece of scrapbook paper or thin fabric on the sticks. After the glue is dry use a craft knife to separate the sticks.
To put the puzzle together kids simply place one stick beside another until they have the sticks in order. The popsicle stick puzzle also makes a cute birthday party invitation for kids. Small but long gift boxes with lids, like ones used to gift a watch or jewelry, are ideal for storing the unique puzzles.