As I was gathering materials for some of our St. Patrick’s Day activities, I saw our package of Bendaroos sitting there. I always enjoyed using Bendaroos (and Wikki Sticks) in the classroom. At home we use them to make pictures, form letters, and keep us entertained during long car rides. Seeing all of those colors together, I thought we could have a little fun making some rainbows. And since they stick on their own and are colored on both sides, I thought they might become an awesome rainbow window display.
So began our little task…
If you are working with a new package of Bendaroos I always find it helpful to work with them a bit first. I just bend them, fold them, roll them into balls, etc. This helps them become a little less rigid and a bit more tacky. Otherwise they won’t stay in the shapes you are trying to make, and they won’t stick very well.
After doing that a bit, we tried to put them directly onto the window, and they would not stick. Instead Lovey…
- Put the Bendaroos on a piece of white paper and arranged them in order. At this point they were still spread out.
- Pinched them together to remove any gaps between the Bendaroos and help them stick together.
- Lifted the paper and gently peeled the paper off the rainbow. At this point the rainbow should be rigid and stuck together. If it isn’t, put it back down on the paper and try to press it together more.
- Pressed the rainbow to the window.
That was it! And she loved it so much, that she keeps adding more and more. I’ve left the Bendaroos out, so she can make more from time to time. By St. Patrick’s Day we may not have any more space on our windows! I love that the light shines through them a bit, and they look pretty from both the inside and the outside.
Of course, this could work with any creation your child wants to make with Bendaroos. So have a little fun with it. We did!
Have you ever used Bendaroos or Wikki Sticks?
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