DIY Paddle Pop Memory Game

paddle pop stick memory game

I was inspired by a popsicle picture I came across to create a Paddle Pop Memory Game this school holidays.  Paddle Pops (Ice Blocks, Popsicles) take me back to holidays at the beach as a child. Ice-cream was a rare treat and on the summer holidays, my Dad bought my sisters and I an ice-cream every single day after our swim. Ah, good memories.

This simple project is fun for the summer months (great game for travelling too) and since I already had the watercolours out, the children and I painted ice-cream shapes because they give the paddle pops that slurpy, drippy look.

watercolour painting with kids

I’ve included these pictures as a template and you’re welcome to print and use them, or you can use the blank popsicle shape template (also below) on different patterned scrapbook paper.

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Coloured cardboard – single colour (230 gsm works well)

Watercolour Paddle Pop Template or pattered paper

Craft Glue

Paddle Pop Sticks

Box for storage (optional) – I used a plastic Sistema plastic container

Step 1

a) Print the blank paddle pop shape template onto the coloured cardboard (these all need to be the same colour for the game to work).  You’ll need one copy for every page of coloured paddle pops you plan to make.

b) Then print the Watercolour Paddle Pop Template or make your own with coloured paper, texters, stickers etc.

Tip: Because you need two exact copies of the ice-cream, if you make your own here’s some tips: –> Create your design on the blank template –> Take a photograph (standing directly above the paper) –> Upload it to the computer –> Insert the picture into Publisher, Word or other such program as an A4 size –> Print two coloured copies and you have matching.


Step 2

Cut around all the paddle pop shapes.  This is the only part that takes a little time.

paddle pop memory game

Step 3

Glue one coloured shape on top of a single colour shape with a paddle pop stick in between.

paddle pop memory game

Step 4

Continue until you have enough for the game. As I have older children, I made up the full two sets.

paddle pop memory game


I created a box for the game using. I used a sistema container and glued a paddle pop to the top.

paddle pop stick memory game


1. Lay all paddle pop sticks down on the a flat surface like the floor or a table with the block colour facing up.

2. A player turns over two cards.  If they match, the player will place them directly in front of them. If they don’t match, turn back over.

3. Players take turns until all the pairs are found. The winner is the one with the most pairs in front of them.

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Popsicle Shape Template (1 page)

popsicle template

Watercolour Popsicles (4 pages)

popsicle memory game

Any extra paddle pop shapes were made into play food for the dress up box.

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Kelly loves life at both ends of the spectrum: wearing high heel shoes one day and hiking boots the next; sipping tea out of a pretty cup and slurping hot coffee from a camping mug; challenging herself physically and stopping for quiet unhurried moments to feel the wind on her face. Kelly and her husband Matthew seek to live a fun and adventurous life with their four children and pet bird.

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  1. says

    They look great….love how involved the kids were in making a new resource to keep playing with! The watercolours and patterns are lovely and great idea for the storage box!

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