Gracie and Gabriel both love puzzles so I decided to add a personal touch to their puzzle collection – Picture Popsicle Stick puzzles. These puzzles are quick and easy to make and can be advance for older children or more complex for younger children.
2 copies of the same picture
Popsicle sticks (I used jumbo and regular sizes)
Mod Podge Gloss Clear Acrylic Sealer (not pictured)
Magnets (this is optional, I used them so that they would stick to Gracie’s magnet board as she put it together)
Pour tacky glue on the back of picture. Spread it even with a popsicle stick that you aren’t going to use. (I only put glue on half the picture at a time because I found that the glue dries rather quickly.
Begin laying your popsicle sticks on top of the glue. (Use the jumbo size for a simpler puzzle and the small popsicle sticks for a more complex puzzle.)
When laying your sticks, make sure your stick are as even as you can get them. Once the popsicle sticks are laid down, you could even turn this into a cute refrigator magnet just by placing strips of magnets on the back.
Spray your picture and popsicle sticks with a sealant. (Do this in a well ventilated space. This stuff sticks.) I used Mod Podge Gloss Clear Acrylic Sealer. Make sure that you shake the can for a whole minute and are about 12 inches away from your picture when you spray it. Let dry for 15 minutes and spray again. After spraying the second time, let dry overnight to make sure it is thoroughly dry.
Begin cutting your picture apart. Cut in between your popsicle sticks.
Apply your magnets if you choose to. (I used the magnets so that when we were away from home these would stick to Gracie’s magnet board and not slide all over the place.)
You are now done. (I did sand some my pieces to make them a little smoother on the edges and not as rough as what you see above.)
Place your puzzle in a ziplock bag along with a copy of the same picture that you used for the puzzle. I taped my copy into the bag so that it always just says put and Gracie can use it to help put her picture together.
Gracie loves her puzzles and is thrilled that special family members are featured on her new puzzles. I found that at 3 year old, she isn’t quite big enough to do the regular size popsicle stick puzzles with help from mommy but the jumbo size are just perfect for her.Tweet