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…

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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!


  1. says

    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!

  2. says

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

  3. says

    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! :)

  4. Rachel says

    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. says

      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:)

  5. says

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

  6. Km says

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

  7. says

    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!

  8. Laura says

    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. says

      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:)