This activity was a great way to get kids constructing in a creative way – just by providing them with pieces of Styrofoam and pipe cleaners! It also really works on their fine motor skills when they are manipulating the pipe cleaners.
To prepare for this activity I cut some pipe cleaners into thirds (Note: use a wire cutter for this – NOT scissors!) and broke up a large Styrofoam packing block into small pieces. The lovely thick white pipe cleaners (also called fuzzy sticks) were kindly sent to us by craftprojectideas.com. I set everything out and invited our friends Miss E (6yrs), Mr F (4.5 yrs) and Miss L (4.5yrs) to create whatever they wanted from it.
They were immediately drawn to it – especially Mr F who doesn’t always participate in the crafts and activities that I suggest!
All three of the kids quickly got the hang of pushing the pipe cleaners into the Styrofoam pieces. I showed them how to make some easy shapes like triangles and squares. Then I left them to it!
Miss E decided to make a big long chain.
Miss L played with just the pipe cleaners for quite some time before incorporating the Styrofoam.
Mr F experimented with all different kinds of shapes and ideas, but didn’t settle on a final product.
And this sculpture was a group effort!
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