Handmade Popsicle Stick Puzzles

On the 8th Day of Christmas Montessori Trays, the boys worked with handmade puzzles I made with popsicle sticks.  I used images of Christ and his birth for the puzzles.





If the puzzles were solely made for Asher (2.5), I would have made a dot or line through the top (or left) of each of the popsicle sticks so it would be easier for him to recognize the direction of the puzzle, but since they’re for both of the boys I didn’t mark them.  The colored popsicle sticks (found at Hobby Lobby) helps the boys distinguish between the different puzzles in case they’re mixed up.  This way, it’s easier for the boys to separate them without needing my help.

{I used the following images for my puzzles:  Mary & Joseph Travel to Bethlehem, Mary, Joseph & Baby Jesus, The Wise Men, The Shepherds (but I wish I had used this one because the other one is very difficult) and Jesus the Christ.}

10 thoughts on “Handmade Popsicle Stick Puzzles

  1. Those are really great! My girls would love them! I guess I will have to make some soon! They are such a great way to connect Christmas to the Birth of Christ and to some really beautiful art! :) So many lessons in one activity! Thanks for the idea! It looks like your boyshad fun too!

    • Hey Stephanie! How are you holding up during this busy holiday season? Thanks for your kind words about the puzzles. It took a bit of time to make, but it was so worth it when they turned out so beautifully. Merry Christmas! {we’re almost there!}

  2. Lori,
    These puzzles are so adorable ;-) I made similar ones but with winter images:-) I like your idea with the coding for self-correction. Look like a lot of fun for the whole family ;-)
    Have a beautiful day ;-)

    • Hey Ewa, I was thinking how the puzzles would be great for so many different themes. I bet yours are beautiful! Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment. :)

  3. Lori, I wish I’d seen this prior to gluing the images on cardstock (different color for each, for identifying which piece goes with which), cutting and laminating them, then trimming them…I’m tired just remembering!! Now that I’ve seen your puzzles, I’m ready to make several in a variety of themes. They’ll be easy to make, durable, and easily stored and found. I have a question, though: What type of adhesive did you use? Also, did you use a sealer? (Ok, two questions!) Thanks for letting me know. Thanks for the great idea! May you and your family have a joyful Christmas filled with His blessings.

    • I used good ole Mod Podge. I used it to adhere the photo to the sticks and then over the entire top to seal it. Give it at least a full 24 hours to dry because even though it feels dry to the touch, they will still stick together if you don’t wait. Thank you for your sweet Christmas wishes for me and my family. I hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas too…filled with love, peace and joy.

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