Homemade Resources – Lollipop Stick Pointers

This time, to teach my little one to read, I am following Academia de Spanglish Easy’s phonics course. Boy ain’t I glad I do! 😀  Thanks to the lovely Raquel, I have learnt heaps of things and discovered a lot of fun activities to engage my daughter.  One of them is a common activity in UK primary schools: having the little readers design their own pointers using lollipop sticks.

These are a great way to motivate the child to read.  They will look forward to using their very own pointer. It also allows some hand-on activity as part of their learning to read process, making it fun and not just a session of decoding sounds. 

Challenges:

  • None! They are easy-peasy to make!

Resources needed:

  • A glue-gun or extra-strong glue for all-kind of materials
  • Lollipop sticks – either coloured ones or colour them with paint or markers
  • Beads, sequins, ribbons, any pretty thing that you can glue and decorate with.

Steps:

  1. Let your child pick their lollipop stick.  If they are not coloured, let them either paint it or colour it in with markers.
  2. Let your child make their selection among the decorative items and decide how they want the items positioned on their lollipop stick.
  3. Glue the decorations and let it dry.

End result:

Tip:

  • Never throw away ribbons from gift boxes, beads from a broken necklace, broken earrings, loose sequins, funny tags, colourful tissue papers, etc… Store them away in a box, they will come in handy for improvised crafts sessions. 

They have been such a hit in our home, that my daughters decided to create a whole collection of them (as per picture)! My eldest even claims that each one is for a special occasion or season, and switches pointer every day. 

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