Green colored craft sticks of various lengths glued symmetrically onto a green craft stick make a wonderful Christmas tree craft and a science experiment. Yes, a science experiment. We could have simply glued the stick together and then glued pom-poms on the trees branches. We could have, but we didn’t.
What I did ask JDaniel to do was to try to pick up tiny pom-pom is chopsticks that were strapped together with a rubber band. When a pom-pom was gripped between the chopsticks, I asked him to try to put a pom-pom on each branch.
How did we make the tree?
- Cut each of four color popsicle stick in descending lengths with a sharp tool.( I used a hand held pruning tool.) We had a 2 inch stick, a 3 inch stick, a 4 inch stick, and a five inch sticks.
- The sticks were lined up on a full length stick horizontally.
- When we thought they were symmetrical, the sticks were glued into place.
- The tree was left to dry for a few minutes while we wrapped the rubber band around the chopsticks.
- Small pom-poms were placed in a cup while the tree was drying.
Then we started the balancing activity. As I mentioned, this Christmas activity was a little tricky. It took a lot of focus and finger control to balance pom-poms on a tree. The branches sit on the fulcrum base and can wiggle.