Skip to main content

Pipecleaner fun

I went to a craft & fabric garage sale this weekend and found some really fun craft supplies for the summer.  My 4-year old and I snuck into the stash this morning to do some pipecleaner crafts.  My kids love playing with pipecleaners - they are a relatively cheap manipulative for creativity and imaginative play.  This morning we made:
  • tulips - bend the middle of a red pipecleaner into the shape of 2 capital "M"s, then connect the ends of the pipecleaner to make the bottom of the flower.  Attach a green pipecleaner for the stem.
  • bumblebee - weave a yellow and black pipecleaner together, then roll it onto a pencil to make a tightly curled bundle.  then bend a black pipecleaner in half and stick it through the pencil hole to make the antlers & stinger.
  • snack mix - we filled a bowl with lots of different pipecleaners rolled into curly q's
  • inchworms - green pipecleaners rolled on the pencil to stretch out as desired
  • butterflies - bend one pipecleaner in half for the abdomen, then shape the wings to attach on either side of the butterfly.
  • bunny ears - pink pipecleaners attached to a brown headband.
I should've taken pictures, but she wrapped them in leftover wrapping paper too quickly!

As I type, my daughter is busy being a hairdresser, fixing my hair for the day.  Can't wait to see what it looks like!



Jennie said…
Pipecleaners are so fun! We take them on plane flights. We also have them at some adult-type meetings. :-)

Popular posts from this blog

Children's Prayers During Meals

The Armistead family taught our children a lovely blessing to sing at the dinner table. It is sung to the tune of the children's classic song, Are You Sleeping?

God our Father
God our Father
Once Again
Once Again
We bow our heads to thank you
Bow our heads to thank you

We love this blessing, and we've recently adapted it to involve younger children and guests. Instead of everyone singing each phrase twice, we sing it as an 'echo prayer'. One child leads the song, starting with the first phrase, "God our Father". The rest of the table echoes. Then the leader leads the second phrase , "once again", before waiting for the table to echo. And so forth, until the whole blessing is sung.

It's an easy way to remind our children (and ourselves) to give thanks to our Provider and Sustainer throughout the day.

Goody Bags for Marriage Retreat - please share your ideas!

Reader Question:
I am in charge of creating 74 goody bags for an upcoming marriage retreat for my church, and I am in desperate need for some frugal, creative ideas on what I could put in these bags. In the past I know people have put little candy bars, a bag of microwave popcorn, a couple of packs of hot chocolate, tea bags etc so I was looking for ideas that might be something similar, but maybe a little different too. Would you have any fun thoughts on this?

A Few Ideas:
Visit - Meredith does a fantastic time being incredibly hospitable on a budget.Our women's retreat coordinators wrapped the following things in a cellophanebag: a mininotebook, a pen, a candle, peppermints, chocolate kisses,and a colored paper quote/scripture. A friend just suggested packing candies that correspond to questions: an almond joy - share a joyful moment in your marriage, a hershey kiss - something about your first kiss, snickers - laughs, lifesavers - when your…

26 Ideas For Lego Storage Containers

My two boys LOVE legos, so they naturally end up scattering lego creations and random lego pieces throughout the house.  Last weekend, we converted their closet to be a LEGO WORLD.  Now they can store lego (and knex) pieces in their lego world, they have instructions for all of their kits in a ziplock bag, and they have a place to display their favorite ships.  And I have a mostly lego-free kitchen and living room!!

I just stumbled upon a great article with ideas for storing legos, if you have similar struggles in your house!  Check this out:  26 Ideas For Lego Storage Containers