I saw an idea on Pinterest (where else???) that looked super easy and fun. I don't even think I pinned it, it was so simple. I tested it out on the girlies a couple of weeks ago, and, sure enough, it was a hit!
I bought a package of craft sticks and some self-adhesive Velcro dots. Each craft stick got a "soft" dot on one end, and a "sticky" dot on the other end.
It literally took me five minutes to assemble the sticks...while the girls watched, at that!...and they were off creating shapes.
The girls had a fun time seeing what shapes and figures they could make. It was also a bit of an exercise in patterns, as they had to alternate the sticks to make them adhere to each other.
As a variation of this, it might be fun to paint the sticks different colors. Or -- for older kids -- maybe there's an application with sentence construction by writing words on the sticks.
The only drawback was that the Velcro left little "fuzzies" all over the table. I hope that byproduct will lessen as we play with the sticks some more.
(Pardon the bed-head...we hadn't been up long!)
I have a big bag of craft sticks remaining, and my mind keeps going back to these awesome craft stick puzzles I saw on Marcia's blog. They're on my list for this summer.
Happy -- and EASY -- crafting!