Want to encourage the kids to be outdoors but are not sure what you can give them to occupy their time? A bag of pipe cleaners can go a long way when combined with the creativity of children. Purchase a bag from just about any craft store for next to nothing. Work with your children to show them how you can bend and twist the pipe cleaners to create a variety of different shapes. Now encourage them to create a whole zoo of animals. You can even use other household items to add more excitement to this activity, cotton balls, wooden sticks, construction paper, the possibilities are endless! Plus, because your kids are outdoors having a good time making their pipe cleaner animals, clean up is easy!