Now let’s put crafts, snacks, and fun in the same table (literally). This is one of those activities where you can transition from doing a craft into snack time.

Also playing with tweezers and children chopsticks encourages the development of the hand muscles that will support handwriting and good penmanship in their near future.

Materials needed in order to set up our lake. This part of the activity can also follow a theme in which you talk to the children about lake creatures, what a lake is, famous lakes in our country, etc.

  1. A few sheets of blue construction paper
  2. sheets of green construction paper
  3. thick and thin Popsicle sticks
  4. tape
  5. staples
  6. play dough, green, blue or brown
  7. chopsticks
  8. rolled up small pieces of paper
  9. rubber bands
  10. goldfish snacks, or cheerios or diced apples or pretzels

I laminated the construction paper in order to make it easier to clean up and to make it more durable. I also searched for “how to videos” on youtube in order to learn how to turn regular chopsticks into a child’s chopsticks. When I was done I realized I had to cut the chopsticks in half because they ended up being a bit too long for the little hands.

Instructions to set up the pieces for our lake:

  • Cut the corners of the blue construction  paper into round corners, cut wavy lines on each side of the paper as well in order to give the sheet some motion, we will pretend these is the water for our lake
  • Cut pine trees using the green construction paper, also cut tall grass using this paper.
  • With the thin popsicle sticks, staple two cut out pine trees on each side of the paper (you can also glue instead of staple)
  • Using the thicker popsicle sticks tape the grass using the stick in a horizontal position
  • Now tape the blue construction paper to the table where the children will be snacking on
  • Now give the children balls of play dough and show them how they can stick the play dough to the table and then stick the trees and tall grasses on top of the play dough and this one will hold them up. Spend some time talking about the lake and have the children decide where the trees and grass will grow.
  • Now you are ready to spread all the fish snack around the lake and give each child a chopstick. The rest is a happy ending 🙂



I’ve had the pleasure to witness dozens of young lives grow and evolve in the past 15 years. The more I work with children the greater is my conviction that young lives are the key to our progress and evolution. Early childhood isn’t a glitch in our lives, it isn’t a bare memory that will fade eventually nor is the equivalent of a 5-year rule that life will start over after kindergarten. Early childhood is the time where brand new minds open up to understand this world. Children are hungry, they are born hungry, from the moment they take their first breath and remain hungry for the next 5 years. Our children are hungry for understanding, knowledge, they are hungry to understand social-emotional situations, themselves and others.

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