It is tricky to do crafts with kids under the age of, say, 2 years. They want it and like it but they do not have that many skills yet, and their attention span means that whatever you do has to be done within 15-20 minutes.
Ice cream sticks give plenty of opportunities for small crafts: My 1,5 yo boy was super excited when he could do the flags in the picture all on his own (some are done by big sis, almost 3 when doing them)! It was great for his self-esteem, and it was fun to have a crafts session where there was not glue or paint everywhere. I had just cut a few diamond shapes out of coloured paper before he came, he got to choose which colours he used, put the glue in with a glue stick and then put the stick in the diamond, fold the diamond over, press and choose his bits for decorations.
We’ve done plenty with ice cream sticks, flowers, butterflies and various puppets. The sky is the limit, and the good thing is: kids can play with them for a while, and then they break and you don’t have to worry about where to save one more questionable object.
Once when big sister (then maybe 2?) got scared when watching a puppet show, we replayed the event by making puppets on ice cream sticks. This gave me an opportunity to talk about it, and it seemed to help. Now my 3 you can cut shapes herself. My husband and big sister have made together the monkey on the featured image.