Welcome to the first post of Explore Summer! Every Thursday, I’ll be posting a fun activity that you can do with your preschooler/kindergartender during the summer months.
Today, we’ll be doing an arts and crafts project for Father’s Day–we’re making a key holder out of popsicle sticks! Your kids will have a great time decorating their gift and Dad will love having a handmade home for his keys.
Just a note: if you let your child decorate each popsicle stick individually, this project will take a very long time. I recommend either painting all of them or alternating between plain popsicle sticks and decorated popsicle sticks to save time.
Ready to start? Here’s what you need:
Permanent markers or acrylic paint
Let your child decorate or paint the popsicle sticks. (Here’s how to remove permanent marker from skin.)
To make the bottom of the key holder, line up 11 popsicle sticks in a row.
Place glue across the back of two more popsicle sticks and attach them to the top and bottom of the row of popsicle sticks. This will keep the bottom in place.
Then, place glue in the corners of each of those popsicle sticks and place two popsicle sticks across to create the other two sides of the key holder.
Keep going back and forth between the length and width, gluing popsicle sticks to build up the sides of the walls.
Once the sides are a couple inches tall, your key holder is done! Allow the glue to dry completely before wrapping for Dad.