Popsicle Stick Sled

popsicle stick sled

The children and I used popsicle sticks to make miniature wooden sleds this week. I originally saw this idea on Pinterest from Fireflies and Mud Pies.

I only had regular size popsicle sticks so I modified the design to work with the materials we had in the house. My daycare children like to make a craft to wrap up and give to their parents for Christmas.

These sleds will make nice ornaments to hang on their Christmas trees at home.

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I cut the popsicle sticks to the right length so they were ready to assemble before I called each child over to help.

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I used two regular sized sticks for the sled’s runners. I cut a short piece for the front of the sled.

My children are too young to hold the sticks in place long enough for white craft glue to adhere well. I had the kids pass me the sticks one at a time and I used a hot glue gun to assemble each sled. It was quick and easy.

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As I glued the sled together the child and I compared the lengths of the popsicle sticks, we counted each stick, we described the direction and position of the popsicle sticks and the sequence of steps.  It was a great chance to talk one-on-one with each child.

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I added a small stabilizer piece under the sled to give me something to glue the seat boards onto.

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Almost done.

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A short piece on the end covered my cut edges.

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Glue on a length of yarn or ribbon to finish off your sled.

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Four sleds ready to be painted!

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Involving the children in the process of making the sleds helped them feel like we were partners in this craft. Of course, the painting segment was where they added their own creative touches.

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Once the sleds were dry the children wanted to try them out and found some little animals that needed a ride.

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Happy Crafting!

Jana 

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