March 16, 2020

Toddler Activity: Popsicle Stick Matching

This was such an easy, fun learning activity that I put together for my toddler! It took me about 45 minutes to make and kept us busy for about 30. It's great for learning or practicing pincers grasp, colors, counting and matching!

36 Jumbo Popsicle Sticks

Sharpies or Markers, Assorted Colors

2 Pieces White Cardstock, 12 x 12

Sticky Mat or Painter's Tape

Scissors (or use Circuit if you have one)

1 Split Pin (or a paper clip + bead if you don't have one, like me!)

1. Line up six popsicle sticks on sticky mat or attach with painters tape. This is so they stay put while you make and color in the shapes. I did six different shapes: Circle, Triangle, Square, Heart, Octagon and Diamond.

2. Make a wheel to use in accordance with the sticks! I used my circuit to do this but if you don't have one, it's really simple! Cut two circles 11 x 11. Draw your six shapes on the first circle like you would drawing numbers on a clock. 

3. Color in your shapes on your paper, matching the same colors that you made on the popsicle sticks. Cut a triangle about 2-3 inches wide on the second circle. Attach them in the middle with your split pin! This will act as a way for your child to focus on putting one shape together at a time.

 4. Play! Depending on your child's age and attention span, you may have to sit and help them with this activity. 

5. After helping mine with it once, I decided to add numbers to the popsicle sticks in order of how the shape is formed. This helped her the second time we did it, as she recognized the numbers well enough to put it together with less help!

What kind of learning activities do you enjoy doing with your toddler? 


Erin The Urban Mermaid said...

This is a super creative activity! I’m
Going to try it!

Unknown said...

Neat! I found some popsicle sticks in my drawer! Yay!
-Michelle | con limón, please

Shannon L said...

I love that this is a low cost activity! Thanks for sharing momma!

Erin said...

What a perfect and simple learning activity!