Friday, 13 May 2011

Hovering Dragonflies, Butterflies & Bees

We’ve gone bug crazy here! We've been spending so much time outside gardening, & exploring our neighbourhood that we've spotted a number of bugs & insects which Minnie is showing a real interest in.  One of her favourites are dragonflies, so we thought we’d have a go at making our own to hover around the garden.


To make our dragonflies we used
2 pipe cleaners
2 small round beads
A sheet of acetate/ OHP Sheet (or recycled clear thin plastic)
Permanent marker pen with a thin nib
Scissors.

* To make the wings for your dragonfly, draw your chosen wing shape onto a sheet of acetate, or print off our template below to trace around.


* Decorate your dragonfly wings with a fine permanent-marker pen, & then cut out.

* To make the body, bend both pipe cleaners in half. Hold the pipe cleaners together & slide a bead over both of them, one at each end. Twist the pipe cleaners just under the 2 beads, to create a head for the dragonfly.


* Twist a couple of times & then slide your dragonfly wings between the pipe cleaners. Carefully twist the pipe cleaners again under the acetate to hold the wings in place, & then continue to twist.



*Once you have got to the end, bend the pipe cleaners around each other at the bottom, to hold them in place


We also experimented with a gold marker pen, & coloured glass pens on the wings.

Minnie cut these wings out by herself


And following the same technique, we made butterflies & bees, using slightly shorter pipe cleaners & different sized wings.



Check out the buzzzz in our backyard! ;-)


Minnie discovered that if you bend the pipe cleaner body of the dragonfly down slightly near the wings, the dragonflies will sit on a small object & look as if they're hovering.


 We also hung some around our garden by tying a length elastic just behind the wings. They look so effective, just like they're flying through the air!

Great for encouraging an interest in nature & encouraging care for the wildlife in your neighborhood!


6 comments:

  1. Oh my oh my oh my! Your dragon flies are beautiful!!! Love everything about them from the wings to the pipecleaners to the beads. FABULOUS!

    Thanks for linking to Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy

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  2. How lovely! Thanks for this idea and the template too.

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  3. I have a thing with dragonflies... I LOVE THEM! Me and MarĂ­lia (my daughter) love to watch them fly around when we go to the fountain to get clear pure water. Yours are gorgeous!

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  4. These are brilliant & so easy for teachers to adapt for classes. Many thanks for linking it to the RC!
    Julia

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  5. So awesome - thanks for sharing how to make wings - will be using this idea very soon.

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