Last Fall (yes, it takes me this long to post things sometimes) I was invited to set up a table at my children’s early childhood alma mater for their annual craft fair. I thought long and hard about what to do with the kids. I couldn’t do something with paint because most parents don’t want to travel around a fair with wet artwork. It had to be open-ended, with not too much explaining, and easy enough for 3-yr olds. And it had to be inviting and colorful. This is a tall order. I came up with these pipe cleaner wands, and thankfully they were a huge hit! Definitely some prep work involved, but my kids helped and we did it the night before while watching a movie ♡.
Read on for the supply list and more details…
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~ Pony beads (9mm)
~ Bowls and jars for display (I bought my milk jars online) and plates for tape bits
1. Take two pipe cleaners and twist them together. At the top, form a shape. Make many of these.
2. Let your kids make a few samples.
3. Display them in jars. Separate beads by color and put them in bowls. Pre-cut some tape and secure pieces to plates.
4. Tell kids they can use beads and tape to make their wand. Let them create!
This set-up would work really well at a birthday party or a family gathering, too. It’s just really simple to set up and to make. Boys and girls both made the wands. Any age.
Let me know if you try this!