How to Make a Clothespin Dragonfly

Ages: 3-5, 6-8
Location: Indoors
Skills: Art, Science

What you'll need:
Long pipe cleaners (any color will do, but orange or silver work best)
Clothespin (the wooden snap kind)
Orange paint and a brush
Black felt marker

Dragonflies don't harm humans. They eat mosquitoes and other pests; ancient dragonflies existed with dinosaurs. There are about 5,000 species of dragonflies today. They are such good fliers -- backward, forward, up and down -- aerospace engineers have studied them.

What to do:
Paint a clothespin and let it dry. You can paint the whole thing whatever color you'd like the base color to be. After it dries, you can paint strips, spots or other patterns on it. On each side of the clamp end of the clothespin, draw a black eye.

Pull two long pipe cleaners (at least 12 inches long) through the round spring hole in the middle of the clothespin. Shape them into two sets of wings on either side and stick the ends back into the hole.

You can open and close your clothespin to make your dragonfly's mouth grab and chew up prey. Clip your dragonfly onto a stick for display.

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