Monday, September 16, 2013

10 fun and education things you can do with Popsicle sticks

I am finding there are a lot of things to do with popsicle sticks that have helped my kids tremendously. One thing I am finding about the joys of ADHD is my child's inability to sit still and the inability to pay attention. Both things drive me nuts and present a challenge especially when it comes to learning. So here are some ideas but let me remind you that markers of any sort on popsicles can bleed according to the grain of the popsicle stick.

  1. Using popsicle sticks with tasks that need to be done during the day allows a child to see their tasks one task at a time rather than seeing a huge list of things they need to do. If you can find a way to mount this in the areas in which you are needing them to work this can help them remember what they're supposed to be doing.
  2. It is a great way to do school work. Recently I found on pinterest an idea for math called Zap. We were struggling with getting my son to do math and retain his math facts. Adding this activity provided him with the ability to wiggle and do something while limiting the overwhelming amount of problems before him. He in fact did far more math problems than he would have on the paper and played it twice.
  3. If you get the colored popsicle sticks you can play a sorting game. There are many things you can sort such as colors, letters, numbers, math problems, ect.
  4. Another task is using it as a boredom buster. Have both fun and work type activities for when your child complains they are bored or need a transition or break from a task. Some activities can be like walk on your hands while someone holds your feet. See how far you can jump. Jump on the trampoline 25 times. Give your mom a tight squeeze. Go get a snack. Make 5 funny faces in the mirror. This can also be used when a child is having a melt down.
  5. Using a popsicle stick can help in writing by giving a child the ability to make spaces between words.
  6. Make a popsicle catapult for doing math. Set out paper plates or bowls and try to have your child shoot a pompom onto the plate with the right answer.
  7. Make a house out of popsicle sticks
  8. Hot glue different textures onto the sticks for a tactile toy.
  9. Use them with playdough or large marshmallows to create structures.
  10. Make various objects such as a train track or a ladder with the objects.

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