This do-it-yourself craftivity allows your little physicist to gain an understanding of kinetic motion and use design thinking to create a lovely paper mobile.
Our craftivity was inspired by the work of American sculptor Alexander Calder, Primrose Schools’ artist of the month for January who is best known for his invention of the mobile. Mobiles are kinetic art — art that moves.
See the directions for making the mobile below:
- Sticks (from trees, or ice-pop sticks)
- Construction paper
- Markers or crayons
- Hole punch
- String or yarn
- Craft glue (e.g., Elmer’s glue)
- Let your little one collect some sticks outside. (We used one long one and two short ones.)
- Have your child pick the colored paper he or she likes best.
- Ask your child to draw 3 or 4 big, abstract shapes on the chosen construction paper using markers or crayons — the more imperfect, the better.
- PARENT STEP: Cut out the shapes.
- PARENT STEP: Use the hole punch on each of the shapes. Let your child decide where to make the holes.
- Lay the shapes on the floor to decide how you want them tied to the sticks, with the biggest stick at the top.
- Help your child pull the string through the hole in each shape and double-knot.
- Loosely tie the other ends of the strings to the ends of the smaller sticks.
- Tie a string in the middle of the smaller sticks and tie those to the ends of the big top stick.
- With your little one’s help, hold up the mobile and slide the hanging shapes back and forth until all the shapes balance.
- Dab a little glue where the shapes’ strings meet the stick to steady the paper.
- PARENT STEP: Hang up the mobile!