Toothpicks (Weekly Unplugged Project)

By , January 20, 2008 8:41 pm

This week I have an old friend and her 2 year-old son, and mother visiting from Upstate New York, so we had an impromptu toothpick art party!

We got out construction paper, glue, playdough … and of course toothpicks, and had fun.

Here are some photos:

And the finished products:

Dolphin and Fish (5 year-old)

Dog, Butterfly, Tree and Clouds (7 year-old)

Mystery Sculpture (2 year-old)

And finally…the grownup projects:

(Note the cherry stem fishing line in this one, very clever!!)

If you did the project with us, I hope you had fun and please be sure to put your name in Mr. Linky so that we can visit.

I look forward to seeing what you all came up with! As usual, I am sure there will be many creative ideas that I would never have thought of.


Next Monday’s Unplugged Project:

At the suggestion of Becky who is overrun with egg cartons at the moment, the theme is:

Egg Cartons!!

Thank you Becky! Sounds like a fun one.


(Sorry the comments are here instead of where they should be. I didn’t want to import the post the normal way for fear of overwriting all the work I have done up until now, but I didn’t want to leave them behind! )


– said…

The “subscribe to” link at the bottom still uses the blogspot URL instead of the new one. I’m kind of new to this RSS reader thing, how do I add the new address instead?
January 20, 2008 8:33 PM

Tamara said…

Yours are super! How nice to combine various things together. I never think of using play-doh in conjunction with paper for art projects. I’m off to dig some egg cartons out of our recycle bin….
January 20, 2008 8:49 PM

AndrĂ©e said…

Somehow I remember sticking toothpicks into playdough when I was a kid. Why in the world did I do that or for what purpose? But anyhow, these are neat pieces of art. Egg cartons? Got it! I may even incorporate some art into that one. My daughter has been collecting them for the farm so I have plenty.
January 20, 2008 9:01 PM

Mom Unplugged said…

That is a good question about the RSS feed. I think you’ll just have to subscribe using the blogspot address.

When I move, I’ll put a notice up here. Then you can go to the new blog at and resubscribe there. Sorry I don’t have an easier answer.

If anyone knows of a better solution could you please post it here? Thanks!

(And thanks for your interest in subscribing to my blog!)
January 20, 2008 9:08 PM

soo said…

what beautiful art work, I’m afraid that I am another one that would never think of combining different materials such as paper and playdough.
It just so happens that I’ve been saving my egg boxes for a friend, but she won’t be getting them … well not all of them anyway.
January 20, 2008 9:57 PM

Maria said…

A great collection of things. It’s curious, because Joel (3 1/2 y) has made a similar ‘thing’ than the 2yo boy.
January 21, 2008 12:32 AM

Kate in NJ said…

We are the cherry stem use by the way!
I thought P would use some clay too, but she wanted a frame for a picture
she drew..we have egg cartons a plenty for next week.
January 21, 2008 8:10 AM

amanda said…

I love your project! Very cute results, and fun for all ages, too. clever :)
January 21, 2008 8:23 AM

SuburbanCorrespondent said…

Kids can be so creative with anything! My kids love craft sticks and duct tape (!) and tinfoil. Also cardboard. My eldest once made an entire suit of armor out of tinfoil.
January 21, 2008 9:33 AM

Claire said…

You made some cool stuff this week. I really like the way you have combined mediums. Does the playdoh stick to the coloured paper?

Took us a while to get going with the theme this week but we were soon on a roll and had great fun.

Not sure what we will do this week. I won’t use my egg cartons as I save them to give our hens eggs away to friends. I suspect we may look to doing something with egg shells instead – we have plenty of those!
January 21, 2008 12:19 PM

Heather said…

They look great. I am so in for the egg caarton project. My husband and I were just wondering the other day what we were going to do with all of our egg cartons. So a great way to use them up. Thanks.
January 21, 2008 1:40 PM

Becky @ Boys Rule My Life said…

Well, my original intention was to get the play dough out and stick some toothpicks in, but then I came up with something different. I’m so glad I actually did the “assigned” project this week! :)

Your kids did a great job incorporating everything!

PS. Thanks for helping me do something with the egg cartons!

hugs to all,
January 21, 2008 2:37 PM

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