Thursday, February 9, 2012

Building With Straws and Pipe Cleaners

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I stumbled upon a new blog The Map Is Not the Territory through the Math Blog Hop that I sometimes follow if I have time. Malke and her daughter were building amazing structures with straws and pipe cleaners, and it was one of those ideas that I just had to try. So late at night I got out straws and pipe cleaners and built Anna this cube. I was very curious to see what she will decide to do with it. In no time at Feb1_Straws2all she pulled it apart to see how it was done and tried to build something of her own. I had to give her a lot of help in the beginning, and she was mostly sticking with 2D shapes. One day she disappeared with her “building kit” for an hour and finally started to fuss. It turned out that she really wanted to build a soccer goal post, but didn’t know how. We started by looking at the pictures on the Internet and Feb1_Straws3then brainstorming together to decide what sizes we needed and how they should fit together. Then this goal post was constructed, and Anna insisted that it should have a net. That’s where I regretted that I don’t know how to crochet, because it would be neat to have a crocheted net. We went with paper instead, and, being 3D challenged, I was struggling mightily to figure out how the paper should fit over the structure. I decided that I should demonstrate a lesson in figuring things out and perseverance, and I did put it together eventually. Anna took a look and informed me that I put the net on the wrong side of the goal post – oops! She still assured me that she loves her goal post and planned a big soccer game with her stuffed animals that is yet to happen. Apparently, stuffed animals first need to get uniforms – and I didn’t have time to even think about them yet.

15 comments:

MaryAnne said...

What a fantastic activity! Must try in our house soon!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Looks like a lot of fun!

Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree said...

This is really Awesome! I love this idea and know my daughter would love it! She is a builder and sculptor! Love how your daughter caught that you did the net incorrectly! She had a great idea and love how her stuffed animals are the team! (or not without those uniforms!)

Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree said...

Thanks for sharing this blog! I get stuck on mostly artsy ideas and love seeing more science/math ideas!

Kelly said...

Oh, this is great! I love the possibilities here. It sounds like you might be on the path to "If you give Anna building materials..." :)

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Malke Rosenfeld said...

This is fantastic! It sounds like you were both inspired. I love that she took your cube apart and eventually reimagined it as a different 3D object. So much learning going on! (Did you ever try the catapult?)

Elise said...

I love open ended activities like this where you just need to present two items and the possibilities are endless. I think my cherubs will be getting some straws and pipecleaners soon.

Christy said...

Very cool! This reminds me of the straws and connectors toy that we have - my kids love building with them. This is what they are: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_1_12?url=search-alias%3Dtoys-and-games&field-keywords=straws+and+connectors&sprefix=straws+and+c%2Caps%2C170

Ticia said...

Uniforms! I can just imagine.

We might need to try pipe cleaners and straws, but then I'd never have another straw for my drink.

Phyllis said...

This is a fun post! My boys love building with these materials, too, although they have not done it for quite awhile....I could pull those things out again. Thanks for the reminder!

Fairyluver said...

Looks like so much fun!! Great idea to use the pipe cleaners to connect them I would have never thought of that!!

Debbie said...

Now this is one of Selena's favorite past time activities. Looks like Anna was having a lot of fun.

Mom and Kiddo said...

This looks like something Kiddo would like. Unfortunately for him, I refuse to by straws.

Sarah said...

What a cool idea! If you decide to make another one, I would be happy to knit or crochet the net for you. It would only take a very short time.

Jill @ A Mom With A Lesson Plan said...

Fantastic! I can't wait to give this a try. My son loves to build with anything and I'm always looking for ways to get my daughter excited about building too.

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