Building Sticks

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This project is so simple and yet so great for engaging minds and hands. If you like, you could even throw together a travel set to take these on long car rides!

All you need are Velcro dots and craft sticks – plain wood will do, but for added fun, I like the pre-colored craft sticks for this purpose.

When we first set up the game, I only had enough Velcro for one side of each stick. I intended to buy more Velcro in the morning, but this didn’t stop Travis from wanting to build right away.

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Soon he was making “wands” and “books.” He came up with the idea of using tape himself, to put together some more complicated structures (a teepee!)

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Once we actually had enough Velcro the next day, we made sure each stick had a dot on each end. This enabled much more complicated structures.

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It was still hard to build up (for that you’d need Velcro on both back and front of each stick), but we soon had long complicated structures moving across the carpet.

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Travis declared these were machines, and enjoyed the challenge of making sure he was attaching the “fluffy” side of the Velcro to the “scratchy” side.

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A simple activity to keep hands busy!

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