Another DIY project for BKIDS BLOG - but this time, its a toy employing simple mechanics to achieve fantastic results!
DIY: LONG-REACH GIZMO
Brads (from office supply store)
Scissors or x-acto knife
(To spark ideas, we started brainstorming toothy animal, robotic arm, and animal claws.)
We ultimately turned our “gizmo” into a crocodile and an angler fish by re-fashioning the upper and lower strips into the animal’s head. To do this, I sketched the upper and lower jaws on paper and cut them out first. I had to refine the design until the upper jaw and lower jaw fit together nicely when you pivot the two pieces from the center fulcrum. The final drawing of the animal’s head was traced onto cardboard and then cut with the x-acto knife.
Next, I painted on both sides of the cardboard.
Finally, I assembled “x” shapes together and fastened each cardboard strip together with brads.