Our friend Liz brought a bunch of pipe cleaners over for my boys to play with one day. Needless to say, my boys ended up with some of the craziest creations; you really do forget sometimes that the simplest supplies are usually the best. Pipe cleaners come in hundreds of colors and are a buck for a dozen at any craft or yarn store. The shaping requires no explanation as it is a fail-safe craft for kids ages 3 and up. Great to keep on hand for restaurants, long waits at the doctor’s office, or for when your kid has to wait for his brother to, say, finish a seemingly endless piano lesson.