Crafting models is an entertaining and creative way to enhance learning. Making model dragonflies helps learners understand the shape and basic anatomy of the insects. This project uses pipe cleaners to hold the bead eyes in place and construct the main body and abdomen. Three pipe cleaners wrapped around the body form the legs as well as gives bulk to the thorax. Wire wings wrapped with cellophane give the appendages their characteristic incandescent sheen. This craft is a good choice for young students in the classroom, learning center, or at home.
To start the body, string one bead onto the first colored pipe cleaner. Slide the bead down a short distance, then wrap the end around the rest of the pipe cleaner to secure the bead in place. Repeat this process with the second bead and the second colored pipe cleaner. The beads are the dragonfly's eyes.
Hold the two beads together. Twist the two pipe cleaner around each other to form one solid body piece.
Wrap the three remaining pipe cleaners around the twisted piece about one-fourth of the way down the body. Bend each pipe cleaner end down to make six legs on each side of the body. Then bend one-sixth of each leg forward to make feet.
Bend one piece of wire to make two 3-inch long loops which will become the wings. Wrap the ends twice around the center of the wire where the loops meet. Repeat this process for the second piece of wire.
Cut the cellophane into 6-inch strips. Wrap the strips around the loops to represent the dragonfly's iridescent wings.
Attach each set of wings to the dragonfly's body by wrapping the wire ends around the body directly above where the legs are located.
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