Encourage the fun of learning with these school-inspired projects. Great for an instant craft project when time is of the essence.
1. Fold a pipe cleaner in half and rest the eraser end of a pencil in the fold.
2. Wrap both ends of the pipe cleaner tightly around the pencil as many times as you want, making sure to leave a length unwrapped on each side of the pencil top.
3. To make the spirally arms, or antlers, from the unwrapped ends, coil each arm separately around another pencil. Carefully pull the coiled arm away from the forming pencil.
4. With a dab of white glue on both the back of each googly eye, and the spot where you'd like the eye to sit on the topper, stick each eye in place.
Originally published in ParentsCanada magazine, October 2014.