Foldable Paddle Pop Stick Treasure Map

School holidays are coming up, and having a few projects to extend children’s play is a good idea if you like having ideas up your sleeve for an opportune moment. Sometimes, I put together a School Holiday Fun Box, and you can read about the sorts of things I put in it here.

This paddle pop stick foldable map is novel (it folds up like a fan as inspired by Danielle’s Place), and can be used in all sorts of backyard imaginative play. Kids could set up bases, do a pretend campfire with sticks, make ninja masks out of shirts, design flags, or even make a boat out of a cardboard box. Some supervision is required for young children for this particular project due to the need to use a craft knife. If you like the idea and you think the kids will too, I suggest making it yourself and the kids can decorate/play at the end. 


  • 8 JUMBO Paddle Pop Sticks (you can get packs of these from discount/craft stores – I actually found packs for $2 at Kmart)
  • Ribbon
  • Glue (PVA works well)
  • Template (which you can find here, or draw your own with blank template here)
  • Craft Knife
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Drawing pens (if desired) 

paddle pop stick craft - foldable map


Cut out two template squares. Either use the one provided below or design your own with the blank template.

Cool paddle pop stick treasure map - foldable - template

Cool paddle pop stick treasure map - foldable!

2. Line up the paddle pop sticks. Place a fine layer of glue evenly over the back of one paper square (a paint brush can work). Stick on the paddle pop sticks.

3. Repeat on the other side.

4. Allow to dry. This is important so the paper cuts properly. 

Cool paddle pop stick treasure map - foldable!

5. This is the only tricky bit. On the non-map side, you need to carefully slice through the top layer of paper only with a craft knife, in between the paddle pop sticks. You do this starting with the first line, then skipping one, so on (as indicated by the red lines below).

Cool paddle pop stick treasure map - foldable!

6. On the other (map) side, cut every alternate in-between-paddle-pop-stick line.

Cool paddle pop stick treasure map - foldable!

Cool paddle pop stick treasure map - foldable!

7. Then it’s just a simple matter of folding it up like a fan.

Cool paddle pop stick treasure map - foldable!

8. Add a ribbon and words to the top if desired.

Cool paddle pop stick treasure map - foldable!

Cool paddle pop stick treasure map - foldable!

9. On the flip side, it’s blank, and kids can decorate themselves or leave blank.

Cool paddle pop stick treasure map - foldable!

Below is a video of the process. 

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  • Reply
    Phyllis at All Things Beautiful
    June 21, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    I love this!

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    June 22, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Cute! My daughter loves a map. I’ll have to try this. 🙂 Thank you.

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    Carolyn Warvel
    December 1, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Love the map idea! I am the creator of this craft technique. I would appreciate a link. http://www.daniellesplace.com/html/mothersday.html

    • Reply
      Kelly - Be A Fun Mum
      December 5, 2017 at 4:21 pm

      Hi Carolyn. That’s great! It can be hard to pin down where you get inspiration from (because it comes from many different places over periods of time) and I’m happy to include a link.

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    April 28, 2020 at 7:03 am

    My son and I made one of these to showcase Julius Caesar’s battles. We dyed the paper with tea and tore the edges for an old map look. He absolutely loved this activity, and I foresee LOTS more maps in our future.

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