Continuing with the popsicle stick series, this week we made photo frames using them.  Normally I would have let YC and EC make the frames themselves, but now that they are  both at school and not getting home until much later, I wanted to cut back on the time they have to spend on waiting for things to dry, so that they can really spend time on decorating.  Obviously this wont always be the case.

You will need:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Glue
  • Things to decorate: gems, feathers, pens etc

Stick your popsicle into your desired shape, I did squares, but you could make them into any shape or size you wanted.

Wait for it to really dry before moving it or it may just fall to pieces.

Decorate; we used glow in the dark fabric dimensional paint by tulip, which are very easy for small hands to use.


Find some pictures to stick in your frames.

Even though they didn’t get to physically make the frames both of them really enjoyed decorating them, and put a lot of thought into how they were going to decorate them, which may not have happened if we had made them, then waited for them to dry and had less time to decorate them.  This way they spent a good 30 minutes decorating and chatting about what they were doing.  We also had a wonderful chat about what photos we were going to put in them.

This craft may help development of

  • Fine motor skills
  • Creativity
  • Memory recall – talking about photos and past memories.

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Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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