When I was growing up, the little wooden sticks we used to craft with were called “tongue depressors.” My parents would bring them home for us to play with and they were sturdy, smooth and free. Nowadays, there are these things called “craft sticks,” which you not only have to pay for, but have to suffer their thin, splintery poor quality. Regardless what you call them, there are endless learning and crafting uses, which is why I’ll shell out the $4.99 for a pack.
I had no idea what a big hit these would be with both Jane and Sam. Except for things like pretend baking and Water Painting, we usually can’t craft and play together because Sam is still in the eating everything phase and hasn’t grasped the concept of taking turns or working on your own project. So, I was glad when both children enjoyed this activity.
Here’s what you’ll need for this super fun learning activity and how to do it:
- jumbo craft sticks (or swipe a few tongue depressors at your next doctor’s appointment)
- small alphabet stickers (we got ours from the $1 Target bins)
- an old pencil holder (optional)
For Younger Toddlers
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