For Christmas, my sister bought a box of  Bendables for Nick.  It’s cool that we are into the second week of January and we are still opening things for the first time.  Many gifts that we received have had quite the staying power, so we put a few things on the shelf for a rainy day.  It wasn’t raining or snowing today, but we  opted to stay home this morning and Nick wanted to play with them.

He is at a stage where he loves directions, maps and instructions.  He studied the manual which was a small pamphlet with a few step by step projects.


He created a few things.


The Bendables are sort of like waxed pipe cleaners.  I think they are really pieces of string that is stiffened by colored wax.  I didn’t take one apart to verify.  The kid came with 30 each of ten colors.  They are stuck together when you first get them.  Sally loved taking them apart.


The butterfly on the front of the idea booklet was Nick’s choice for today’s project.  After he spent time getting used to the medium of the sticks, he started to make this.


He needed more help than he wanted, but he was happy with the finished project.  The sticks are reusable and stick together, but not quite as good as glue.  I read that they stick better once you work with them.  Later in the day, he played with them again during nap time.  He’s sleeping less and less, but at least this was a quiet activity that he could do in his room.