Pipe Cleaner Wands at the Craft Fair

these pipe cleaner wands are the perfect open-ended craft for a group of children

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…

these pipe cleaner wands are the perfect open-ended craft for a group of children

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SUPPLIES:

~ Pipe cleaners (I bought brights and multi)

~ Pony beads (9mm)

~ Alphabet beads

~ Washi tape

~ Bowls and jars for display (I bought my milk jars online) and plates for tape bits

these pipe cleaner wands are the perfect open-ended craft for a group of children

PROCESS:

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!

these pipe cleaner wands are the perfect open-ended craft for a group of children

these pipe cleaner wands are the perfect open-ended craft for a group of children

these pipe cleaner wands are the perfect open-ended craft for a group of children

these pipe cleaner wands are the perfect open-ended craft for a group of children

This set-up would work really well at a birthday party or a family gathering, too. It’s just so simple, and great for both boys and girls.

Let me know if you try this!

xo, Bar