DIY Construction Toys

DIY Straw Play Structures

Straws are not only for drink­ing. They’re also a light and easy mate­r­ial for build­ing struc­tures at home with your kids. I was test­ing pipe clean­ers and other stuff for the con­nec­tions, when I took a close look at the plas­tic straws you can bend. I was putting them together to make tri­an­gles and squares with­out using addi­tional mate­ri­als … and then I got an idea! I’ll show you now how I use them for mak­ing struc­tures, let­ters, and even a crazy cube.

DIY Straw Play Structures

What You Need

  • Flex­i­ble plas­tic straws

That’s all you need. Really!

Pre­pare

DIY Straw Play Structures

Take 2 straws. Squeeze the short end of one straw flat and push it inside the long end of the sec­ond straw. Then push the same short end of the sec­ond straw inside the long end of the first.

DIY Straw Play Structures

They remind me of vio­lin bows… Best to make a lot of them first.

DIY Straw Play Structures

You can eas­ily make tri­an­gles with 3 straws.

Sim­ple 2D Structures

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Put some bows over a tri­an­gle. Let the kids try out dif­fer­ent angles. You can eas­ily make a mobile with 3 triangles.

DIY Straw Play Structures

Make some let­ters with the straws. A and B are easy, now C…

Sim­ple 3D Structures

DIY Straw Play Structures

Make a pyra­mid with 2 tri­an­gles and one bow… The crazy cube:

DIY Straw Play Structures

You need 12 bows for the cube.

DIY Straw Play Structures

Take 2 bows. Open the ends up and put them through a third bow and close them again. Add more bows to the ends until you’ve got a cube. Sec­ond Method: Make 2 squares and but them together with 4 bows. You may need to adjust the joins. Best to help the younger kids with this step.

Ready To Play

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The cube is flex­i­ble and can be bent and formed in many ways and then put back as a cube.

DIY Straw Play Structures

All that build­ing has made me thirsty. Let’s have a drink. Luck­ily, there is a straw left. My son and I did have a great time play­ing with the straws and we are plan­ning to try out more struc­tures. We put them in a bag and they are ready for another round… Have fun with this easy build­ing craft!

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