Pickup Game

The other day, while I had the paper clips out, I thought it would be fun to make a barrel of monkeys type game by bending them into hook shapes.  Jack had a good time figuring out how to get them all linked together, and also how to get them apart.


  1. Make mine Mid-Century
    July 15, 2010 at 6:13 am

    Great for the imagination too! He's a serious little assistant!

  2. Scott
    July 15, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I really like this idea. Thanks!

  3. Marta Boza
    July 15, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    You are fantastic! just discovered your blog... I've always liked making nice things out of rubbish, but don't always succeeded... you are quite a help! I am still 23, but I already have a floder where I keep the toy ideas for my children...

    I will follow the blog! thanks!

  4. Cabelo
    July 15, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Hi Joel!

    You really have a incredible works!
    I´m a father too, and like you, artist.
    I always have a great surprise visiting your blog, great ideias to play with the kids.

    Keep wondering!

  5. mericherry
    July 15, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Joel, you are AMAZING! I just made these for my kindergartners the moment I saw your post. They are going to love them! Thank you!

    You can see my tribute to you here : )

  6. momma rae
    July 15, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    joel, i wish you were my dad! what blessed children you have. ;) thanks for sharing with the rest of us.

  7. naomemandeflores
    July 15, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Sweet game!!!

  8. Lori Henriques
    July 16, 2010 at 12:21 am

    looks very fun! :) and they're beautiful, too. and with the handy shiny case, perfect for cafes. . .

  9. Miss Sews-it-all
    July 16, 2010 at 3:15 am

    *LOVE* this, thanks so much for sharing! I think I'll make a set just for me!

  10. Joel Henriques
    July 16, 2010 at 5:21 am

    Thanks everybody!

    Cabelo - I really like your paintings! Very cool!

    mericherry - Thanks for the nice post! I like your colored paper clip version. Very cool!!

  11. Unfurled
    July 16, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Just found your blog, and I'm really enjoying it. Such imagination in great everyday places!

  12. Joel Henriques
    July 17, 2010 at 4:19 am

    Unfurled - Thanks! I just had a look at your blog too. Very cool stuff! I'm super impressed with your real on your main site also. Nice animations!! Glad you found my blog.

  13. GemmaBeads
    August 31, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    I love your "do-dads". I love that these things you create with your children not only teach them the skills of the game, but they teach them to create with what's at hand, see possibilities, and be less commercial. Anybody can get a Barrel of Monkeys. But can they create the same activity with something from their desk drawer? The uses you come up with for a mere paper clip are so great and yet so "of course". My daughters and I are going to have a great time putting together a paper city this week. They will love it when I pull a round tin from my purse with colorful circles to put together or a pick-up game to play with.

    You're a fun Dad for sure!

  14. Joel Henriques
    August 31, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Thanks for the nice note GemmaBeads!

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