I cleaned out our art cupboard on Saturday night (I know… I am such a party animal!) and I found a huge tangled mess of pipe cleaners shoved in a box. There were too many and they were too good to even consider throwing them out, but I had no idea what we could do with a mangled heap of pipe cleaners… so I did what any other person would do, I shoved them back in the box, and chucked it on the top shelf.
Yesterday afternoon we picked up a package from the post office. It wasn’t an exciting package, unless you think new water pumps are cool, but it came with lots of styrofoam packaging in different sized pieces. Again I thought it was too good to throw away, but I had no idea what to do with it, so I was shoving it up on the top shelf when I saw the box of pipe cleaners and I had an idea…
Lets make 3D foam and pipe cleaner sculptures!
What We Used:
- styrofoam chunks in various shapes and sizes.
- pipe cleaners
Later on I thought of some other things I wished we had included – packing peanuts, markers or paint would have been fun too.
I love an activity that only involves me dumping a whole lot of supplies in the middle of the table and then the kids do the rest.
This activity was great for the variety of ages we have too.
Noah, who is three, made abstract pieces and worked his fine motor skills poking pipe cleaners into foam and threading them with beads, buttons and sequins.
Morgan, who is six, was busy working out how to engineer his sculpture so that the pipe cleaner would support a roof and walls.
Zoe and Izzy, who are ten, both made people and then built various structures around them. Later, Izzy created letters and words too.
We had lots of fun with these ‘left over’ materials. It’s amazing to see what my kids can create with just a few bits and pieces!
We still have some pipe cleaners left… what would you do with them?
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