So, C, my third grader has to do a "How To" report for school. We had to come up with a project that he could not only give a written tutorial for but also a demonstration for the class. This meant the project had to be inexpensive and simple due to the 23 other students that would be making it with him.
We came up with Clothespin Magnet Refrigerator Photo Clips. So the title is not that simple but we wanted to be thorough in our description :)
The button clothespin is C's design. His little sister made one too and I helped J make the caterpillar.
Here's what you need:
One large wooded clothespin, about 5 medium glue dots and magnet tape are needed for both projects. For the first picture you will also need about 5 buttons, depending on the size. For the caterpillar, you also need about 5 mini pom poms, 1/2" of pipe cleaner bent in a V and 2 tiny googly eyes along with some craft glue. This craft is also good for counting, sorting and estimation. Have your child sort through the colors of pom poms or buttons. Have them estimate how many it will take to fill the length of the clothespin and then count out the same number of glue dots as decorative items.
Rip off a sheet of the glue dots and let your child stick down his/her buttons/pom poms. This is super simple and allows the child to work independently which my kids prefer. Once all 5 are stuck on, peel off the glue dots and place in a row on the clothespin.
Somehow I missed photos of the final steps. Tear off about 1 inch of magnet tape and cut vertically in half. This should fit the back of each clothespin perfectly. The magnet tape comes already sticky so just stick it on. For the caterpillar, place three drops of craft glue on his head. One at top for the antennae and two on front for the eyes.
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