Pipe Cleaner (Chenille Stem) People


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Earlier this year, I had been gifted 2 large boxes of paper straws.   I had a box of chenille stems (pipe cleaners)  and a giant box of bottle caps.from another project.

This lesson was created after I saw these hanging up in a neighboring classroom:

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Students used 3 pipe cleaners (chenille stems), two straws, three beads and a bottle cap.

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First, they cut each straw into four pieces. They threaded two straws onto one pipe cleaner (chenille stem) and did the same for a second pipe cleaner (chenille stem).

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So the straws would  not come off, they looped the  pipe cleaner (chenille stem) at one end to make feet.

While holding the two  pipe cleaners (chenille stems) together, they threaded 3 beads to make the middle of the person.

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To make the head, students drew a face onto the bottle cap with marker then twisted the two  pipe cleaners (chenille stems) together at the top. The face can be glued in with hot glue to keep it from falling out-we did not do that and several students had the face fall out while they finished the person  (mild frustration).

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To make it easier to attach the arms, I had the students bend the  pipe cleaner (chenille stem) in half. They then twisted the  pipe cleaner (chenille stem) around the body just below the face and above the beads.

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They added straws to each arm and made loops just as they had done for the legs. They could do what they chose to with the hair. Some just looped it around, others added beads or made it look like a pony tail.photo 531666558

When complete, the students made surfboards out of scraps of cardboard (from cereal boxes). We stapled the people to the boards so they would stay attached to the surf boards. I then put them in the glass display case for everyone to enjoy.

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