Dysfunctional Wearable Objects

For my dysfunctional wearable object, I decided to create a ring that only keeps one of your fingers warm. The fussy texture of the pipe cleaners are great for serving this purpose however, the rest of your fingers will still suffer in the cold!

Materials used:

  • Colorful pipe cleaners
  • Hot glue
  • Artificial miniature plant
  • Recycled materials

Safety Information:

Creating dysfunctional wearable objects can be a fun and easy activity to do with children. It allows for them to use their imagination and have many materials to choose from. It is important to ensure that the recycled materials provided in class, can be safe for children to maneuver. In order to create something with recycled materials, it is required to cut, glue, bend, or even paint the material. It is important to keep in mind that cutting certain materials can be hard for children or even dangerous, such as cutting a pipe cleaner or hard plastic.  In addition to this, some materials can only stick together while using a hot glue gun. Supervise older children when using one and help small children if they need to use one. 


Pipe cleaners are a great choice to create these fun projects. Pipe cleaners can be easily maneuvered, and you can create just about any shape. Children love to create things out of pipe cleaners, and it is a safe material to use. 


Fashion designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren Viktor & Rolf create dresses inspired by famous paintings.

In 2015, they presented their new collection during Paris Haute Couture Week. This collection consisted of paintings that could hang on the wall and could also be worn.

Classroom Activity:

Students will collaborate with each other to organize a fashion show in which one will focus on creating a painting that can hang, and the other will turn this painting into something they can wear. I think that this activity can be a great way to learn how to work as a team, to learn how to problem solve, and to work on other cognitive social-emotional skills.

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