Bug Mobile

What You Need:

  • Pipe cleaners or soft (thin) craft wire
  • 2 wooden dowels or fallen sticks gathered from outside
  • Thin string or thread
  • Scissors

What You Do:

  1. Bend the pipe cleaners or wire into butterfly and bug shapes. Help your child bend and twist the pipe cleaners or wire into simple shapes such as circles, ovals, or triangles, then twist these together to form a complete bug. Don't worry if they don't look "real": this activity should be experimental and exploratory.
  2. Cut several pieces of string or thread in different lengths.
  3. Tie one string to each bug.
  4. Place one wooden dowel or stick over the other in the shape of a plus sign (+). Lash them together by wrapping string around the cross section where the two overlap. Tie tightly to secure.
  5. Tie another piece of string to the dowels over the lashing. You'll use this string to hang the mobile.
  6. Tie the bugs to the mobile frame, spacing them evenly around so they hang freely.
  7. Hang the finished mobile outside on a breezy day. Ask your child to hypothesize (make a prediction) about what will happen when the wind blows it. Will it spin? Will it sway back and forth?

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