DIY jumping jack flash
Some arts and crafts keep little hands busy while boosting skills.

You will need:

  • A cardboard tube, either the inner tube from gift wrapping paper or empty toilet paper rolls
  • Pen
  • Two pairs of scissors, a pair for you and a safety pair for your child
  • Colourful project paper
  • Black paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Thin wire (or durable thread)
  • Needle
  • Colourful string or wool

Step one

Cut the tube into a smaller piece. Draw two line approximately 3cm apart that stretch over the length of the tube, stopping about 1,5cm to 2cm from the top. Cut into the lines to make a 1cm wide cut towards the "side" of the tube. This will create a little piece of carton that will fold easily toward the inside of the roll. This is the back of your bug. 

Step two

Now you can involve your child in the activity. Draw wings on the colourful project paper and get him to cut them out for you. Make two wings in the same shape and colour for each jumping jack bug. You can cut out little feelers for the bugs if you want. 

Step three

Now the fun begins. Take out the paint and brush and start decorating the wings and the body of the bug. Paint a little face as well. 

Step four

Makw two dots on the sides of your wings. Use your needle to attach the wings to the body. First connect the inner dot with the carton itself. Do that with both wings. Now connect the two dots on the side with each other by threading the wire through ony the two wings and then make knot at the end. 

Step five

Cut one long and one short piece of the rope and tie it to the wire circle in the middle. you should be able to move the wings by pulling on the rope. Make a little loop with a short piece and use the tape to stick it to the top of the bug. 

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