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Pipe Cleaners and Straws Building Set

James experimented with pipe cleaners and straws,
and discovered that the straw pieces could be used as connectors.
He taught Quentin how to do it.

And then they could build all sorts of things with them.

Quentin liked just to make the largest things he could.

James preferred to be more creative, building things like cars and other interlocking shapes.

I modified his discovery to include cutting down the pipe cleaners as well enabled building equilateral shapes - like squares and rectangles.

Pipe Cleaners
Straws of various colors
Scissors


Step 1:
Cut pipe cleaners into about 20 pieces about 1 1/2 to 2 inch pieces.

Step 2:
Cut the straws into at least 2 different sizes. If you cut the different colored straws different sizes, then it makes it easier to build with. Cut one color 4 inches long, another color about 2 1/2-3 inches long and another color 1 1/2-2 inches long. Don't be too worried about exact measurement as long as you have three different lengths.

Step 3:
To build, bend a pipe cleaner to about a 90 degree angle, place a straw on one side of the pipe cleaner connector, then place another pipe cleaner connector on the other. This makes a corner. If you bend the pipe cleaner in the middle, it will form a curve.
Once you are finished playing with them, you can store them to use again another time.

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