We went on a “field trip” today to the Sea Life Aquarium at Arizona Mills Mall. I had low expectations for an aquarium in a mall, so color me surprised when it turned out to be rather nice. First, the staff were super friendly and helpful. Plus the price of $6.00 per person (it’s a special for Home School Week, normally like $18.00 per person) made the deal even better.
After going through the exhibits and playing on the various slides, etc at the end of the walk through, I broke down and let Mr. PuppyDog “PleaseMayIGetAToy” get a wind up clown fish that you wind up, put in water and watch it swim. Than can’t just have a fish in water. He needs to create an entire “scene”. Wonder where he gets that from? So when we got home, finished lunch and he prepared to create his seascape in the kitchen sink, I pondered how to make the anemone for his clown fish. Because I knew it was only a matter of time before he would ask for one.
I thought, “hmmmm…tin foil? No because that would be a pain in the but and he’d complain that it was too shiny.” Paper? um, no idiot Jen, paper and water makes for mush. I walked over to the craft pile by my dining room table and looked down hoping for inspiration. Propped up on top was my bag of pipe cleaners! YAY! That would so totally work AND you could hook it to the plug in the drain.
Voila! One brightly colored sea anemone. Hhe wanted more “arms” but I said, “Do you even KNOW how much these stinking pipe cleaners cost?” So he had a little Economics lesson while waiting for me to finish making the anemone with fewer arms.
I love pipe cleaners. One of the reasons I hit up Goodwill all the time is in hopes of scoring a bag of those bad boys like I did the puff balls.