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.

how to play memory game


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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  • Reply
    Laughing Kids Learn
    September 20, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    How adorable and such a great activity for the school holidays.

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    September 21, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Such a great idea!

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    Kirsten McCulloch
    September 22, 2013 at 9:27 am

    I like this. You could play ‘Go Fish’ with them too. It would be a little more challenging, but give kids a chance to practice using words to describe what they’re looking at.

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    Rachel | Racheous
    September 23, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    I love DIY ideas like this! Thank you for sharing 🙂 Have an awesome week!

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    September 23, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    They are so sweet, love the colours and the different ways you can use them!

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    Renèe adventuresathomewithmum
    September 23, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Thanks for the printable, love your ice team flavours 🙂
    This is a cool idea, my boy loves memory match & this makes it so much more fun

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    JDaniel4's Mom
    September 23, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    This are so cute! They did a wonderful job painting the popsicle.

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    Eva @ The Multitasking Mummy
    September 24, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Love, love, love this! I remember my dad buying us ice creams after a swim too, ah the memories.

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    Bek {Just For Daisy}
    September 25, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Love this idea! Those ice creams look soooo yummy too! 🙂

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    Kate - An Everyday Story
    September 25, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    hehe i think mine would just eat them rather than playing the game 🙂 I like your drawings Kel, I’ll take the caramel choc-top please…disappointed to see no banana 🙂

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    September 25, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    They look so cute! Bet the kids love them all the more for having made them themselves 🙂 Great work.

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    September 26, 2013 at 9:03 am

    These are adorable!

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    September 27, 2013 at 4:38 am

    Those came out so beautifully! What a wonderful idea for summer!

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    September 27, 2013 at 8:31 am

    These are adorable! Such a great idea. I don’t think I’ve seen patterns used in a memory game, especially not shaped as ice creams! Yum!

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    September 27, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    What fun! I think my guys would make all of theirs chocolate. Makes the matching part easy too 🙂 xo P

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    Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky
    September 28, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    You really are the mum with all the fun. LOVE this.

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    September 29, 2013 at 10:08 am

    So cute!! Maddie would love making these herself. Thanks for providing the template. 🙂

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    September 29, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Oh I love this, perfect for the summer months coming up! My girls would love creating this game as much as playing it.

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    September 30, 2013 at 9:03 am

    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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    October 2, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    They look great! I love the colours. It would also be a great activity for the kids to do at an icecream themed party or pool party.

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