Ginger Snap Crafts: tutorial {primary helper sticks}

tutorial {primary helper sticks}

primary helper sticks

I was recently called to serve as Primary President at Church.
Primary is the children’s organization for kiddos age 3 to 11.)
I LOVE serving with the kids.  They are so much fun, have TONS of energy
& have such a sweet simple faith.  Annnnd they each want a TURN!!! :)
(I’m getting old…I can’t remember who I’ve called on sometimes! ) ;)
So here’s a super simple way to make sure everyone gets a turn.

You could also use this for a preschool class, school group
….really any activity that has LOTS of kiddos! ;)


I bought a cute tin bucket at Hobby Lobby,
& then I hot glued a clean tin can inside of it.


Then I painted the ends of some jumbo popsicle sticks. 
We have 4 classes.  I assigned each class a color.


Then I printed the kid’s names on stickers
& stuck those to the other end of the stick.

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At the first of Primary I put all the sticks in the middle. 
As I draw names I put the names of those who have
already been picked on the outside rim.
That way I know who’s had a turn & who hasn’t.  :)


And of course, I had to have little vinyl in there.
I cut Our Primary Helpers in red, yellow & blue vinyl
in the smiley monster font.  Then I added a bow!

Super easy & cute! :)
(Annnd it works great!)


  1. Oh, I love this idea! I may have to do it for my class, since they all want to help each time. :) Thanks for sharing!

  2. Great idea Ginger! I love the smaller can inside the bucket!! Isn't it cute how they all want to help when they are little?

  3. This is really cute! I just sent the link off to my daughter's preschool class.

  4. What a great idea, Ginger! I love that there is a place to put the ones you have used until you need them again.

  5. What a great Idea. I think I'll try that.

  6. what a great idea to keep track of turns I love it!

  7. Primary President AND blogger-extraordinaire?!?! And you thought you were busy before! ;) I bet that is a super fun calling- and no doubt you are amazing at it! How were your holidays, hon? I hope they were great! :) Sky

  8. This is a great idea! I'm going to try it with my four kids :) I'd love for you to stop over and share at my new party:

    I hope to see you soon :)

  9. What a cute idea! When I was a student teacher I would have a notebook of the students names so I could rotate fairly for different things. This would have been awesome!

    I'd love for you to link up and share:

  10. Oh FUN!!! this would be a great idea even to use around the house for our children... I love it... Would love for you to share it here

  11. Great craft idea. My grands will love it. I'm a new follower. Doylene

  12. Oh my goodness, you read my mind! We have 120+ kids in our Primary, and we need to update our Primary helper sticks, and SOON! I kept toying with the idea of modpodging cute paper to them... but with all 120, that would be nuts! I love your red, yellow, and blue! Genius. Thanks so much for sharing this at Oopsey Daisy!

  13. What a great idea to glue a can inside the bucket, so clever! Love the cute bow and bright colors too. :)

  14. Ha this is a GREAT idea! I found you on Tip Junkie! I would like to invite you to share this post with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays.

  15. LOVE, LOVE,LOVe your helper sticks!! And I love that you made them so bright & colorful! I am your newest follower. I'd love for you to follow me back, if you wan to =-) I also wanted to invite you to link up at my kid oriented linky party TGIF - - I know my readers would love this too!
    Beth =-)

  16. LOVE IT! I am the primary chorister, so i'm always looking out for good ideas! i just bought a bunch of supplies to do something like this.... i love how you putthe small can inside the bucket. thanks for sharing at once upon a weekend!!!

  17. Great idea for Primary workers!! Love this idea! We are so glad that you linked up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". We hope you will come back next Saturday and share another great idea! -The Sisters


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