Thursday, February 24, 2011
Toilet Paper Tube Tinker-Like Toys
I mentioned in an earlier post, that we've moved back one book, in our family reading of Blue Balliett's art based mystery series for children.
The Wright 3, centers around Frank Lloyd Wright, and more specifically the Robie House, in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. We've spent quite a bit of time walking past it, and around the area, on Google Maps. I think I've mentioned before too, how much I love the "street view" feature on Google Maps. It's just great for virtual field trips.
We've also been learning about the architect from a number of sources (more on these later)...
...but I will warn you, if you're studying Frank Lloyd Wright with children, proceed with caution. He was not at all a moral individual, and his life was touched by some very violent tragedy.
Also, you might want to have some building toys ready for your children to experiment with, after reading about his architectural career. The Froebel Gifts (or building toys), that he held dear as child, would be fun to have around, but they are quite expensive, as far as wood blocks, and colored paper go.
I found an alternative, in the recycle bin.
Using a hole punch, I made holes all the way around both ends, of a number of empty toilet paper tubes.
Then, I enlarged the holes, by pushing a sharpened pencil through them, until they were big enough to easily fit unsharpened pencils through.
Straws, or wood dowels, or even rolled up tubes made from scrap paper would work equally well, we just happen to have a large number of unsharpened pencils handy.
I also took some of the tubes, and made four slits into the bottom end, and holes on the top...
...just to mix things up a little.
It's great to be a homeschooler.