Monday, September 24, 2012

Fun With a Magnet

Here’s a fun activity I found on Pinterest for the kids; or for you :)  I remember playing with magnets when I was a kid and had a lot of fun with them. 

  • Start with chenille stems, or pipe cleaners (depending on what generation you are from) 
  • A clear plastic lidded jar (a smooth surface works best here)
  • A magnet 
  • Scissors or other cutting tool for the chenille stems.

All you need to do is simple cut the chenille stems into desired lengths, mine are about 1 1/2 inches long, and drop them into the jar. 

Place the lid on and pull the magnet around the outside of the jar to pull the pieces around inside. 

The cut pieces will follow the magnet around and form cool patterns. A word of caution: magnets can destroy your computer. Keep the magnets away from it!

Are you from generation 'pipe cleaners'? Or generation 'chenille stems'? I'm definitely a 'pipe cleaner' generation!

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  1. I am keeping track of that idea. It would be a great one for my 4 year old twin grandsons to make for their baby sisters as a gift, probably next year. All of us will play with it...even grandma! And a really big LOL to your question about "pipe cleaners" vs. "chenille stems!" The name apparently changed during the "politically correct" years while my kids were in high school and college and I did few crafts. Whenever I post instructions for a craft using them I find it annoying to have to say "chenille stems, formerly known as pipe cleaners!" But like you, I will not leave my fellow grandma-age crafters wandering the aisles wondering "WTHeck" are "chenille stems?" LOL Cute post!

  2. That is so great and so simple. My grandson will love this. Thanks for sharing at The Gathering Spot last week :)

  3. I love this idea. Taking my pipe cleaners (yes, pipe cleaners) and magnets to the desert this weekend. Thank you! And thanks for linking up, my crafty friend!

  4. I am a pipe cleaner girl and I think this would be fun! I have an empty jar, lots of pipe cleaners we could cut up and there are magnets on the refrigerator white board! Thanks!


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