Craft Clip gives you ideas for using ordinary household items in crafts and other activities with your students. Here's 7 ways you can use simple Ice Cream Sticks in your next classroom project.
Ice Cream Sticks
by Jeanne Heiberg
Use clean sticks from frozen treats. You can also buy these sticks at craft stores.
Make a cross, the sign of Christian faith. You can glue the sticks to a cardboard base (make the cross three-dimensional by placing sticks flat on top of each other over and over) or you can secure the sticks together by repeatedly wrapping yarn around the center where the two meet—perhaps using yarn of liturgical colors.
Make a Trinity triangle. Explain how each side of the triangle symbolizes God: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
Ice cream sticks make great frames. Mount a drawing or photo on cardboard backing and then build a stick frame on all four sides of the photo. You may want to decorate, even personalize, the frame with magic markers or stickers.
Ice cream sticks make great “handles” for paper or cardboard puppets. Simply glue the stick to the back of the puppet, leaving about two inches of the stick below the bottom edge of the puppet. (Consider cutting out biblical figures from well-used children’s Bible storybooks to use as the puppets.) Stick handles can also be used to hold flags, hand fans, flowers, signs, and many other things.
The sticks can be the puppets themselves. Just draw a face on one end of the stick and wrap a piece of material around the stick, from right below the face to as long as you want the clothing to be.
Make inspirational magnets for file cabinets and refrigerators by placing several sticks side by side, perhaps four, and gluing them to a piece of cardboard. Write on the sticks an inspirational or endearing message, and affix a small strip of magnet to the back of the piece of construction paper.
Make a manger by gluing two sticks together to form an X. Do the same with two more sticks. These form the narrow ends of the manger. Place sticks along the upper edges of each X and glue in place to form the sides.
Jeanne Heiberg is the author of Advent Arts & Christmas Crafts (Paulist Press) and Advent calendars (Creative Communications). She has taught art, writing, creative catechetics, and meditation, and has directed parish catechetical programs. Jeanne writes, paints, and gives writing workshops in upstate New York. Jeanne welcomes visitors at her blog: jeannesarts4you.blogspot.com.
Source: CATECHIST Magazine, September 2009
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