Not sure what to do with that surplus of popsicle sticks stashed in the back of your classroom supply closet? Put them to use by making some of these great popsicle stick winter crafts! Be sure to add a few favorites to your master list of winter activities for preschoolers.
Oh, the unassuming popsicle stick! It looks like nothing special until you pair it with some art supplies and let the kids get crafty. Then it can become so many different things.
If your students love creating with craft sticks, they are going to love these wintery popsicle stick crafts!
Popsicle Stick Winter Crafts
I think it’s super important to let the kids play outside as much as possible, even during the winter. Of course, after traipsing around in the snow and cold, you might need some engaging activities to transition back into the classroom. And preschool winter crafts using popsicle sticks certainly fits the bill!
Please note that some of the images below are adult-made examples, while others are definitely child-made. I’m a big proponent of letting kids exert their creative prowess, so I highly suggest you do so too! The kids’ creations aren’t going to look the same, and that is amazing! Let them enjoy the process alongside you.
General Winter Popsicle Crafts
This list is not, by any means, the only options for winter popsicle stick crafts. The options are endless, especially when you ask the kids to get creative. And you can definitely alter each of these ideas to fit your classroom’s needs.
Our popsicle stick snowflakes are such a great kid-made craft that can be used for your winter classroom decor.
The children will use jumbo popsicle sticks to make the cutest snowman door hanger! Then, use them to decorate your classroom all winter long!
The giant popsicle stick penguins are an excellent project to use for a lesson about reusing everyday items, like the newspaper, to reduce waste.
I really think hot cocoa is the absolute best way to warm up after a long, cold day. Pay homage to one of the best winter drinks by making a popsicle stick hot chocolate mug!
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Teach students about arctic animals, like the polar bear, moose, and walrus, with the arctic animal popsicle craft.
With just a few simple supplies and a bit of creativity, your students will have the opportunity to make some cute popsicle stick snowmen ornaments.
Let the students create beautiful snowflake art for preschoolers. They will get to paint, practice fine motor skills, AND learn all about snowflakes!
Art and engineering blend together beautifully as your students work on building a snowflake craft this winter.
We don’t typically think of sunshine during the cold winter months. But, on the contrary, that’s actually the time of year when the sun shines its brightest. So, use that knowledge to your advantage and let the kids create their own snowman sun catchers with lolly sticks.
The popsicle stick arctic wolves are such a cute winter craft! Use them for pretend play activities with your students or display them in the classroom.
Popsicle Stick Craft Materials
With so many great popsicle stick craft ideas in your back pocket this winter, you might need some materials on-hand. I’ve created a list of some items that will be super helpful in throwing together a quick popsicle stick craft session for your students! Here are the items I’d suggest (I may get commissions for purchases made through links in this post):
- Craft sticks
- Colored popsicle sticks
- Jumbo popsicle sticks
- Liquid glue
- Hot glue sticks and hot glue gun
- Assorted felt sheets
- Multicolored foam sheets
- Washable paint
- Googly eyes
- Pipe cleaners
Even More Craft Stick Fun
I really hope you all are able to create some of the winter popsicle stick crafts that we’ve listed above. But craft sticks aren’t just for crafting! Check out some other popsicle stick activities geared towards math and science. They’re all great for a cold winter day!
Let the kids have fun making music in a unique way with our bell magnet science activity!
Let your students practice counting and number identification as they solve these DIY craft stick puzzles.
Use jumbo craft sticks for some super fun and educational popsicle stick math games.
Challenge your students with these engineering projects using some simple materials, including craft sticks.
Let the students make their own craft stick harmonica, perfect for playing some winter tunes.
What is your favorite way to use craft sticks in the classroom? Make sure to let us know in the comments below!
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