I’m not a fan of most insects, but I find dragonflies fascinating from their coloring to how they fly from side to side and up and down. Best of all they eat pesty mosquitoes.
We took items we had laying around and made a quick dragonfly craft.
When we remodeled a couple of years ago somehow we developed quite the collection of paint sticks. It seems every time I went to pick up paint, I came home with a handful and the contractor rarely used them. It was time to use them in crafting.
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Cost: Under $10 with the glue gun
- Paint stick
- 2 Pipe Cleaners
- Googly eyes
- Cool Shot Glue Gun-My kids love this glue gun. It’s a little hard for my youngest to squeeze sometimes, but it’s good for strengthening her hands.
We used Acrylic Paint since we were home and the kids could paint with their shirts off or one of daddy’s old tee shirts over their clothes. Acrylic paint coats better when painting wood, but Tempera Paint would work as well.
Ages: School age and older
1. Paint the paint stick and allow to dry.
2. Attach the ends of the pipe cleaners by wrapping them around each other to form a loop. Do this to both pipe cleaner. These will become the wings.
3. Attach the pipe cleaners (wings) to the back of the paint stick (the dragonfly’s body) near the top. We attached ours where our paint stick curved inward. We find it hard to attach pipe cleaner with school glue, so we opted to use the glue gun. You could also use glue dots.
4. Glue 2 small google eyes to the front of the paint stick near the top above the wings.
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