Monday, February 13, 2006

paper clip jewelry

Saturday we all went sledding in town. Not my favorite activity. While I don't mind jumping out of airplanes at all, I am a wee bit scared of careening downhill on a sled. Go figure.

But that doesn't really matter. Guess what the big hit was this weekend? Not the sledding. Not the post-sledding cider and chocolate chip cookies. Not finishing our teeny-tiny school valentines (coming soon to a blog near you). Not Sunday's movie and popcorn.

Nope, the big hit was paperclip jewelry.

We got out our fancy paperclips from Staples and made bracelets and necklaces and rings and headbands.

BigE, true to his nature, used paperclips to investigate mathematical principles.

If you hang two blue paperclips off of one red one, and then two green paperclips off of each blue one, and then two pink paperclips off of each green one, you discover that...

well, you discover that you don't really want to spend time hooking on your sixteen yellow paperclips for the next row, nor even look for the thirty-two paperclips that would follow that.

But, as far as the jewelry goes: the nice thing about it is, I think, that you can't fail with it. Mama's bracelet doesn't look any nicer than yours. Or if it does, you can copy it exactly. No precision cutting, no measuring, no waiting for Mama's help. If you don't like it, you can undo it and re-do it.

As an added bonus, Mama gives all her most special-est creations right to you, instead of saying "first we need to make them for her friends, or for your teachers."

The paperclip party ended quickly, when Mac and Bubbie discovered how quickly they could wipe them off the table by sweeping their arms back and forth.

Chickie requested a photoshoot afterwards, and she had as much fun modelling and shooting as we had making the jewelry (and the math.)

BigE was reluctantly willing to participate in the photoshoot, provided we also took pictures of him as a monster. He's taking full advantage of the fact that he is now missing his front teeth.


Anonymous kim said...

very fun! Chickie looks great in her modeling endeavor! Abd BigE looks so grown up with his teeth missing. I am always amazed how much children's faces change with the tooth losing and all ...

2/13/2006 7:33 AM  
Blogger Moogie said...

What is BigE going to do? Gum us???? It makes the rest of the mouth more fang like...!!!
I had forgotten all the fun with paper clips..Chickie looks fabulous but didn't I miss seeing Bubbie's contribtion?

2/13/2006 10:17 AM  

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