And Positive Sticks became my Saturday night craft project. There is a little bit of a double meaning because positive thoughts do stick. Jelly Bean told me Friday how proud of herself she was because she finished all her homework at day care all week! That moment was made possible by a year of positive praise at every turn.
Permanent Markers (various colors)
Popsicle Sticks (I bought the 75 count pack)
Container (for finished sticks)
Embellishments (if desired)
Positive thoughts, affirmations, or quotes. (You can get a great list here.)
1) Write positive thoughts on sticks.
2) Embellish with stickers, paper flowers, jewels, etc.
3) Place in container.
I chose bright colored markers and embellished with bling stickers. The sticks can be as simple or as creative as you want to make them. Paint or decoupage would add color and texture and make them more interesting. (My kids are behind in their reading skills so I wanted to keep them easy to read.) You can make double-sided and add as many as you want. The possibilities are endless. I plan on having the kids add to the pail as they get better at making positive statements.I am also going to throw in some of my favorite quotes from movies and books they will recognize.
You can do it!