DIY magnetic craft sticks

I previously shared how I made my own textured pizza box puzzles and during that same DIY game making spree, I also created these super fun craft stick magnets for our large magnetic board…

I purchased colored craft sticks for this process but you could certainly paint your own set of craft sticks. On both ends of each craft stick, I hot glued a magnet…

I also hot glued some of the craft sticks together to make shapes and added the magnets on the shapes…

Today was the first day I set out the craft stick magnets and the children explored the craft stick magnets on our large magnetic board…

Immediately, I could hear the children naming the shapes of the different magnets and deciding how they could make their own shapes…

This is easily an open ended DIY activity as we will be able to use the magnetic craft sticks to explore patterns, shapes, counting, colors, and more…

Super fun and super easy to make…

Available on Amazon


Links to Grow On..

Magnetic marble tubes from Teach Preschool

Magnetic play set for preschool from Teach Preschool

More pizza box games from Teach Preschool

Rainbow craft stick puzzles from Teach Preschool

More fun ideas for Craft Sticks on Pinterest!

By |2012-02-21T20:00:07+00:00February 21st, 2012|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Childrenโ€™s Studio. Deborahโ€™s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Leeanne A February 21, 2012 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    Oh I like – please link this up on my linky! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 21, 2012 at 9:00 pm - Reply

      Sure will Leeanne:)

  2. Nur Hani February 21, 2012 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    I love this idea. Can’t wait to do it with my daughter. It’s so fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Kara February 21, 2012 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    Very neat idea. I think my daughter would enjoy building pictures on the fridge with the sticks, houses and such. Thanks!

  4. Rashmie @ Mommy Labs February 22, 2012 at 12:50 am - Reply

    Brilliant idea, Deborah! So playful and creative…

  5. Scott February 22, 2012 at 8:25 am - Reply

    You know how much I love magnet stuff – and your ideas are always so fun. I love the shapes in addition to just sticks – so kids can create all kinds of designs. We’re doing this!

  6. Shelly February 22, 2012 at 9:46 am - Reply

    Such a fun idea! Can’t wait to make these! I’m sure the kiddos will LOVE them!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing your brilliant ideas with us Deborah!

  7. JDaniel4's Mom February 22, 2012 at 10:22 am - Reply

    I love the effect the dye has on the pipecleaners. Really cool idea!

  8. Nicole {Tired, Need Sleep} February 22, 2012 at 10:29 am - Reply

    Brilliant! Matthew would love this as he is into all things magnetic lately and loves making pictures with “stuff”. I will be writing a post soon about all the magnet fun we’ve been having lately, and I’m pretty sure it will amount to just one big link back to your many wonderful ideas! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Laura February 22, 2012 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    Beautiful idea…i’ll try to find material to make this game for my two years old daughter!!!

  10. Rachel February 22, 2012 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    What are you using for your large magnetic board? I’ve been searching for an inexpensive alternative to a pricy dry-erase magnetic board.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 22, 2012 at 11:32 pm - Reply

      Hi Rachel,
      This is a metal “drip pan” or “grease pan” like they use to put under cars for repairs. They are available at most Walmart stores in the auto section or at an auto supply store. I painted my magnet board (pan) with white and red metal spray paint to give it a prettier finish:)

  11. andiejaye February 23, 2012 at 2:10 am - Reply

    these look like fun! and i’ve got a ton of craft sticks. i lose them, buy more, and then find the original ones ๐Ÿ˜› i bet Bear would love something like this! thanks for all of the hard work that you do!

  12. Km February 24, 2012 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    Such a fantastic idea!!! I need to get a great big magnetic board. I so appreciate all your inspirational ideas!!

  13. Chrissy @ The Outlaw Mom Blog March 16, 2012 at 10:46 am - Reply

    What an easy, magnificent idea. I thought it looked familiar when I got here from Pinterest (someone else pinned it)…and it was you! Of course ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Andrea Keller March 18, 2012 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    I absolutely Love your blog! I wonder if you allow pinning? I would love to pin this idea to my pinterest board for Active Learning Stations. Thanks!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm - Reply

      Of course – pinning is welcomed!

  15. Laura April 7, 2012 at 10:20 am - Reply

    Where did you get the sticks, b/c I bought some from Walmart and they bled all over our hands! Luckily b/f I went through the trouble of putting the magnets on them. I bought colorless ones, but I still want to try the colored if I can be sure they won’t bleed, esp when my 16 mos old puts them in his mouth. Help!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 7, 2012 at 10:31 am - Reply

      You may need to paint your own craft sticks for kids who are still in the stage of putting them in their mouths. I got mine from Walmart too but the children who play with them are older:)

  16. Laura April 7, 2012 at 10:50 am - Reply

    Yeah, I kinda figured I would have to find my own solution. Thanks for the info! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Karen December 11, 2016 at 6:47 am - Reply

    Love, love, love the idea. But are you afraid the little magnets might somehow come off in a little hand or mouth? Does the hot glue bond them really well so this could not happen? Thank you. Love your ideas.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 11, 2016 at 7:10 am - Reply

      Hi Karen,
      The little magnets could very well come off. My students are at the age where they come to me right away when something gets torn, falls off, or broken and we talk about this often with the kids. So you definitely have to know your students and what they are ready for. I do find that using E6000 glue over hot glue seems to hold the magnets better but you have to let dry overnight.

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