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Learning Laboratory: Fun with clothes pins

Emma and Johnny share their clothespin creations

My clothes pins spent most of the winter sitting in a bin, unused – until my kids discovered them! They love linking the plastic clothespins especially (I think because they stay together better) into chains and other shapes:

Emma shapes her clothespin creation

Simple, child-directed play, with so many lessons about structural possibilities, shapes, and angles!

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MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

10 thoughts on “Learning Laboratory: Fun with clothes pins”

  1. jeannine: waddlee-ah-chaa

    I swear we live in the same house some times. MacGyver used old fashioned wooden clothes pins to make a dinosaur, lizard and a boat. I’ve got all of the photos. Just never got around to posting.

  2. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog

    My girls love to play with clothes pins too! Love how something so simple can keep them so happily entertained. :-)

  3. It’s so often the simple things like clothespegs that are the most interesting and the most fun! I’ve linked to our cleaning coins and games with old calendars activites from last week, and I’ve replied to your comment about the results of cleaning coins with lemon juice and salt. :)

  4. I didn’t think of these plastic ones. Sam always takes apart the wooden ones. Which, is just as fun, but then renders them less functional.

    Good idea.

  5. That looks like a lot of fun! Kids can get super creative with their playtime. I don’t have a clothesline either but I bet your little ones had fun with those clothes pins.

  6. We don’t have a clothesline, so I’m not sure if my kids really know what clothespins are supposed to be used for! The love to play with them though.

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