stART: Sir Small and the Dragonfly

This is such a cute and fun book, and it let me do a craft I had been thinking of ever since I saw that dragonflies are the state insect for Washington.
Supplies: old-fashioned clothespin (also called a doll clothespin), coffee filter, washable markers,  2 pipe cleaners cut in half (I had to fight Batman off of these to have enough for the craft), googly eyes, scissors, and glue
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Start off by coloring your clothespin and the coffee filter.  Superman totally covered every single square centimeter of his.  I don’t think it was possible to add another bit of color to it.

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Next spray your coffee filter with a spray bottle full of water.  Your kids will be very excited if you let them do this.  Just watch them, or else they might do like Superman do and so completely and totally soak it that you can’t put together their dragonfly until it dries out some.

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Hmmm, I tried to get a picture so you could see what I was talking about, but it didn’t turn out so good.   Basically, scrunch up the coffee filter at the “neck” of the clothespin, and use one of the pipe cleaners to twist around it and hold the wings in place.  Put the other pipe cleaners on the bottom and wrap the other around it.  Does this make sense?

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Glue on the googly eyes, and you’ve got a super cute dragonfly.  You could also call this a butterfly.  Though, I’ve usually seen the butterfly version with the spring loaded clothespin.

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In order of who made it: Batman, me, Princess, Superman’s is off somewhere probably chasing monsters.

Head on over to A Mommy’s Adventures to get more great book inspired ideas.
Oh, and extra points to whoever can tell me why these are not really dragonflies.
And one more day before I draw the winner of the CSN giveaway.

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15 thoughts on “stART: Sir Small and the Dragonfly

  1. I love the dragon flies! We will have to make some here sometime! We've made butterflies out of coffee filters and pipe cleaners. Need to get some clothespins.

  2. Hmmm…I'll have to check out that book. I admit, I'm usually too busy ducking, and covering when the dragonflies swoop past, to take a really good look at them – but I'd say you need another set of wings, and they should be see through. It looks like you got six legs, though – very neat craft!

  3. Very sweet. My children love using the spray bottle. Sometimes it's a battle to get enough colour on the paper as they are more interested in using the spray bottle!

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