Here is what we ended up with!
Have some old marshmallows? We were bored the other day, so we took some marshmallows from the cupboard and started constructing. My son Kaeden loved this so much! He had to stop every few seconds to eat one of those gross marshmallows, but hey, it could be worse right? We used:
*dried spaghetti noodles
You could really use whatever you want. He made this "machine" and it was the perfect bordem buster for our afternoon so I thought I'd share in case any of you have some bored kids at home dying for something else to do :).