25 Craft Stick Activities

Activities for ages 3 to 8.

We love craft stick activities. They’re low prep, hands-on and creative. Whether you’re looking for simple math games, craft projects, reading activities or even science experiments, these 25 craft stick activities have you covered. Who knew there were so many awesome ways to use a simple pack of craft sticks?!

25 Genius Craft Stick Activities

Math Activities

Practice patterns with some rainbow craft sticks.

Popsicle Stick Patterns!! What a fun way to work on colors and patterning.

Make math fact dominoes to work on addition, subtraction… anything!

Math Fact Dominoes. Such a fun way to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication or division.

Whip up simple math puzzlers. {Kids Activities Blog}


Count and match the numbers 1 to 10 with some colorful Dr. Seuss sticks. {LalyMom}


Create reusable magnetic counting sticks. {The Math Maniac}


Build shapes with a batch of DIY Velcro craft sticks. {Powerful Mothering}


Work on rounding to the nearest ten. {Life Over Cs}


Help kids understand greater than and less than with a batch of popsicle stick alligators. {PreK and K Sharing}

Greater Than Alligator

Practice counting and burn off some extra energy with some count and move sticks. {Toddler Approved}


Build shape puzzles! {A, Bee, C, Preschool}

craft stick shapes

Literacy Games

Help kids learn those tricky vowels with DIY vowel sound sticks.

DIY Vowel Sound Sticks

String craft stick sight words on pipe cleaners. {Miss Kindergarten}

sight word sticks

Make a set of simple sight word puzzles. {This Reading Mama}

Craft Stick Science

Build a chain reaction! {Frugal Fun 4 Boys}

chain-reaction-5Make an exploding boomerang that really flies. {I Can Teach My Child}


Build some simple, five minute catapults. {Coffee Cups and Crayons}


Design a craft stick marble run. {Frugal Fun 4 Boys}


Craft Projects

Decorate some pretty craft stick bracelets. {Molly Moo}


Build paper fans that really fold. {Pink Stripey Socks}

1 Folding Popsicle stick fans

Make a fun minion puzzle. {JDaniel 4s Mom}

one-eyed-minion-popsicle-stick-puzzle-OpeningCreate adorable superheroes. {Glued to My Crafts Blog}


Design gorgeous mandalas. {Mama Miss}

mandalamain2-copy2Make a harmonica that really plays sound. {Housing a Forest}

Popsicle-stick-HarmonicaCreate a set of craft stick dolls. {Molly Moo}


And finally, make a batch of adorable bookmarks. {Sweet Little Peanut}


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  1. Tom

    That chain reaction looks epic!

  2. maryanne

    That chain reaction activity is so cool when you get it set up right.

    • Ashley

      Yes! It is so mesmerizing for kids!
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador



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