I have a new DIY and this one can be set in motion. Its a paper/wire toy that is simple to make and might even impress your kiddos. Mine were plenty amazed, making me the coolest mom for about 45 minutes. (These phases don't last too long.)
A 18 second video clip is below. Give it a Twirl:
The materials you need are:
*wire (18 gauge is best but 19 gauge is easier for kids to work with because it is easier to bend)
(nail and hammer)
Wrap wire around a pencil. Two inches around the pencil is sufficient.
After you remove the spiral wire from the pencil, you can start to pull and stretch the wire so that each coil is about 1 cm apart. Although it is necessary to experiment with the distance in order to make it work for you.
Cut a piece of wire (approximately 3 1/2 inches long) and loop ends into small circles, then bend wire into a semicircle.
Insert the spiral into the looped ends of the newly formed semi-circle.
Insert one end of the spiral into a cork base. Tip: Create a pilot hole in cork with hammer and nail first.
Now you can create a little character out of paper to twirl around the spiral. I also thought of monkeys, acrobats or spacemen for this project. And then you use a glue gun to sandwich the semi-circle with your paper character.
Bring the character to the very top, give it a little nudge and watch it twirl down!
Final tip: If character does not twirl down, slightly spread coils apart. If character slips down without twirling, slightly squeeze coils together
I do hope you try it. ENJOY!
You can also check out this DIY as my craft contribution on BKIDS! (Thank you so very much, Irene!)