Family Time Calendar: Goin' Mobile

Create a mobile sculpture of family members to display and delight! A modernist twist on the family tree, this spinning and floating intergenerational display will help you show off your family as well as inspire a meaningful discussion. As you do this craft, discuss with your kids the idea of balance in the family -- how does each member balance each other? Whose strengths help even out another's weaknesses? How do your differences work together? It's sure to be an interesting talk -- and one that may help sometimes-squabbling siblings appreciate each other a bit more.

What you'll need:
Wire cutters
4 wire hangers
3-inch circular cookie cutter
Oak tag
Markers
9 family photos
Glue
Scissors
Hole punch
Thin clear plastic line (fishing line)

What you'll do:
Use the wire cutters to cut the wire hangers into one 8-inch piece, two 6-inch pieces and four 4-inch pieces. Use the cookie cutter to trace 9 circles on the oak tag; then trace a circle on each of your family photos. Cut out circles from each using scissors. Glue a photo onto one side of each oak tag circle, and add captions and decorations with markers on the other. Let dry. Cut one 10-inch length of fishing line, two 8-inch lengths, four 6-inch lengths, and nine 4-inch lengths. Punch a hole out of each circle with the hole punch. Run one of the 4-inch lengths of fishing line through each hole and tie one end to secure.

Tie the loose ends of eight of the 4-inch lengths of fishing line to each end of the 4-inch pieces of wire. Then assemble the rest of the mobile by attaching one end of each length of fishing line to the ends of the same length of wire; the other end of each piece of line gets tied to the middle of the next smaller piece of wire. The last circle is hung from the middle of the 8-inch piece of wire. Tie the 10-inch length of fishing line to the middle of the 8-inch piece of wire and use the free end to suspend the mobile from the ceiling.

Hang it up and admire!

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