In Africa we had a chance to visit a little boy who looked around for wires to make a moving toy called a galimoto. At each point in the book that he collected wires I let the kids collect a 'wire' pipe cleaner. At the end of the book I taught the kids how to make a little man out of their wires. Their very own galimoto was coming to life! We moved him and posed him and saved him in our drawer until halloween and our study of Egypt when we made him into a mummy!! The kids just loved making their galimotos and the special paper bead necklaces we put on them. Those necklaces did double duty as they served as an counting aid for our math that day!