Sticky Popsicle Stick Shapes


Popsicle sticks can be used for so many activities and for some reason kids love them. For this activity I had the kids make 2D shapes with them. And to make it even more fun I had them make the shapes on contact paper. There’s just something about contact paper that kids love and if I can turn it into a learning activity, then why not? 

If you don’t have any popsicle sticks at home I recommend getting a big box from the craft store. I got a box from Hobby Lobby and it has lasted me quite a while. We do art projects with them as well as incorporate them into learning activities.

My 5 year old had a great time making the shapes on the contact paper. The only shape she had trouble with was the hexagon. My 3 year old needed some help with making her shapes. I had to start the shapes for her and then she completed the shapes by adding one or two popsicle sticks. 

This activity uses minimal supplies. It can easily be adapted to fit your child’s learning needs. You can make numbers or letters instead of shapes. So let’s get to it!


Here’s how to do it:


  • Contact paper
  • Index cards or cut up squares of paper
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Marker to write with
  • Masking tape


  1. Draw shapes on the index cards. I did three shapes for my 3 year old. And six shapes for my 5 year old.

2. Cut a large piece of contact paper.

3. Peel the backing off of the contact paper. Tape the contact paper to the wall with the sticky side facing out.


4. Place the shapes cards on the top of the contact paper.


5. Hand your child the popsicle sticks and have them make the shapes.

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