Wishing Stars

As we dive into December  I’ve noticed an increase in art activities for Christmas decorations. In fact we’ve been very busy making ornaments for our Christmas Tree that will be on display this week for a festival. While I was assisting in this task I started thinking about ways I could turn the ornaments into therapeutic activities. (Though I will point out that creating a Christmas tree can be a therapeutic activity in itself!) What I came up with is fairly simple and kind of follows the same idea as the Thankful Hand Turkey activity I did a few weeks ago. I’m calling them Wishing Stars (or Popsicle Wishing Stars if you want)

You will need popsicle sticks, a nice pen that will write on wood, and tacky glue. If you want you can also add paint or glitter, it’s up to you.

For a basic star like the one I have as an example, take 6 popsicle sticks and write a wish in the middle of each one of the sticks. The sky’s the limit on your wishes, or if you want, have a theme for your wishes. It’s all up to you. At this point you can decorate your 6 sticks too if you want, just try not to block out your wishes.

Next take 3 of the sticks you wrote on and glue them together to form a triangle. Take the other 3 sticks and form a second triangle. Let the glue dry. (Important, otherwise it could mess up your final star!)

Finally take the 2 triangles and place them on top of each other and glue them together, making sure that all the corners stick out! You should now have a 6 pointed star. Here’s my example:

Wishing Stars

You can make a bunch and hang them up on a tree or a window, or wherever you want them to be seen. It’s all up to you!

Wishing Stars Activity Notes

Ages: 4 and up

Materials Needed: Popsicle sticks, pen, and tacky glue

Therapeutic Value:
Legacy building
Creativity
Expression
Medical play (if using tongue depressors!)

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