What You Need:
- Craft sticks
- Wiggly eyes
- Colorful yarn
- Tape or glue
What You Do:
- Have your child tape or glue the googly eyes in place near the top of a popsicle stick. Brainstorm design ideas with him so that he can capture the spirit of the plant he’ll use the fairy to decorate. For example, to make a tomato plant fairy, he could design a green skirt, red top and green felt hat.
- He should apply a small amount of glue to the back of the top of the popsicle stick. Have him take a strand of yarn and twirl it around the top of the craft stick to form a beehive hairdo. For a looser hairstyle, don’t wind the yarn as tightly. Finish by tucking in the end of the yarn behind another strand.
- Help him form a skirt for the fairy by winding a length of yarn around his fingers. When the circle of yarn is thick enough to make a skirt, ask him to apply some glue to the bottom half of the popsicle stick and put the skirt on. Use a small length of yarn to reinforce the skirt by tying the top of it around the popsicle stick.
- Let the glue on the fairy dry, and then stick the bottom of the popsicle stick gently into the soil of a plant.
These fairies are good beginning ideas for any popsicle stick plant decorations. If your child isn’t a fan of fairies, adapt this project to build popsicle stick robots or other figures.