Thursday, November 4, 2010

Pipe Cleaner Fun

 We're busy writing our little NaNoWriMo butts off here.  Ella's beating me, already.  The shame of it all!  (Just kidding.)  But seriously, I'm only 5100 words and three days in, and my brain is mush.  So today I thought I'd share with you some things the girls have been having fun with lately.  Ella, in particular, has really taken a liking to the pipe cleaners.  It all started with this little guy that Ken helped her make one lazy afternoon:

Mr. Lizard

And it kind of exploded from there.   Next came this guy (again, with Dad's help):

Copper Dragon

Then, Ella made this little guy.  All by herself.  I'm still amazed by it.

Mr. Crab

Mr. Crab's side/back
 We have a whole menagerie of these things now. More than I could take pictures of.  Now the only question is what to do with them.  We have so many collections of stuff that storage is a real issue.  But an issue for another day.  Not November.

Another fun thing we started doing last month was making bracelets.  Ella has trouble tying off the string, and I really didn't want Harper wrapping herself in string on this particular afternoon, so we pulled out the pipe cleaners again.  And I had some horrible plastic beads I didn't know what else to do with (except throw them in the trash) in my stash, and we discovered they fit perfectly on the pipe cleaners.  Voila!  An activity the girls can do by themselves while I fix dinner nearby. 

Ella also used them to make collars for some of her stuffed friends.  We actually made more of these for Halloween and practiced patterning using just fall colors.   I don't think they survived the holiday.

Lotus & Papyrus

Finally, we made coffee filter lotus flowers and papyrus plants as part of our Egypt studies.  This ate up a much larger chunk of time than I expected (coloring the coffee filters took quite a while), which turned out to be a very good thing.  

I wanted to make some finger puppets with the pipe cleaners, but we haven't gotten around to that yet.  I'm not holding out much hope for that one this month.  Maybe we'll make Christmas ones next month.


  1. Oh, so busy! I love the flowers, and pipe cleaners are super fun, aren't they?

    Does Ella get a word count tracker on the blog? :)

  2. No, I didn't see any on the site. Each child gets an individualized word count (not the standard 50k) so I guess they didn't feel like messing with complicated widgets. But I can tell you her word count goal is 400 words, and she is currently at 80-something and has informed me that she is writing more tonight. She gets up and goes straight to her notebook.

    She is pure awesomeness.

  3. No, wait . . . that would be 130-something words. She had 80ish yesterday. Brain mush, I tell ya.


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