This is for my son's social studies class... he had to make a wigwam.
At first I was totally lost. They were given this assignment on the 19th but he forgot to bring it home. On the 23rd he brought it home and told me its due on the 26th. That means I have to buy the materials on the 24th and have 2 evenings to do it.
Buying the materials was the hardest part for me as I don't know where to find a stick that can bend without breaking... my son said we can use "pipe cleaners" but honestly I don't know what he means. And since there's no way I will make him miss school to help me buy the materials, I have to do it myself.
So there I was spending the whole morning in 2 different stores asking for a "stick that can bend"... I got the other materials except for the "pipe cleaners"... then it was time to pick up my daughter from school and then continue on with my search. Finally, I decided to use the wire stems used for making flowers.
Final stop is the dollar store to buy the indian figurines for the final touch. It was already 1pm and we didn't have lunch yet. And my daughter said "mommy, this is the pipe cleaners that ahiya needs." [Ahiya is the chinese term for big brother] I ask "are you sure?" She said "yes." She knew it all along and there I was looking for something that I have a name but don't know what it looks like and since I'm not sure if my son is saying the right material, I didn't ask the saleslady about "pipe cleaners". If I have I would be done in 1 hour in 2 stores instead of spending 4 hours in 4 different stores!
Day 1 - we spent 2 hours building the foundation and installing the reed posts
Day 2- another 1.5 hours to attached the roof
Then we add the finishing touch...
Here's the outcome!
A wigwam is a native American lodge frequently having an oval shape and covered with bark or hides.The oral presentation of his project is today. Goodluck Patrick!