A Sticky Surprise for Dad

    “A Sticky Surprise for Dad,” Friend, June 2013, 6

    Kitchen Crafts

    A Sticky Surprise for Dad

    This Father’s Day, you could surprise your father or someone else you love with a photo puzzle and some yummy snack mix. Remember to have an adult help you with this craft and recipe.

    Picture-Stick Puzzle

    What you need:

    a copy of a favorite photograph

    8 to 10 large craft sticks


    clear tape

    a craft knife

    What to do:

    1. Line up the craft sticks side by side and place tape across the top and bottom of the sticks.

    2. Turn the sticks over. Glue a photo onto the sticks.

    3. Once the glue is dry, have an adult use the craft knife to cut the sticks apart.

    4. Stack the sticks, tie them with a ribbon, and add a card that says something like, “I love it when we stick together.”

    Pretzel Sticks Snack Mix

    6 cups (840 g) checkerboard-shaped cereal

    1 1/4 cups (190 g) mixed nuts

    1 1/4 cups (190 g) pretzel sticks

    3/4 cup (180 g) melted butter

    3/4 cup (135 g) brown sugar

    1. Combine cereal, nuts, and pretzels in a large bowl.

    2. Melt butter in a small saucepan. Stir in brown sugar until it dissolves.

    3. Pour melted butter and sugar over cereal mixture, and stir to coat.

    4. Pour 1/3 of the mixture onto a baking pan. Bake at 325°F (160°C) for 7 minutes. Stir and bake for 7 more minutes.

    5. Spread mixture on waxed paper to cool. Repeat with rest of mixture.

    Illustrations by Thomas S. Child