A couple of weeks ago I purchased a pack of pipe cleaners, I was going to do an activity with my son I had seen on Pinterest.
It was the one where you cut up the pipe cleaners, place them in a bottle, and use a magnet to move them around.
It looked really fun, but I couldn't find a magnet anywhere.
So, this is what I came up with instead.
empty bottle (I just used an orange juice bottle)
a sharp knife
a push pin
Using the sharp knife, cut off the bottom part of the bottle. (Be careful!!)
The easiest method I found for making the holes was to first poke the push pin though,
and then poke the nail through the same hole, and move it around a little to make it larger. Poke holes around the whole bottle.
It probably only took about 10 minutes to make all the holes.
At first I tried to have my son push the pipe cleaners through to the other side, but that took A LOT of concentration and patience. Something an almost 4 year old doesn't always possess :)
He got a couple through all by himself, but I could tell it might not hold his attention much longer,
so I told him to just poke the pipe cleaners through any holes to make it look 'crazy'
He loved it!
The finished 'design' :)
Once he was all done we pulled out all the pipe cleaners, straightened them out a little, and 'stored' them in the bottle.
I love the flexibility of this activity, and that it can look different each time!
Do you have any pipe cleaner activities?