An articulated hand project – science project

testing the articulated hand Amazing magazine science projectThe perfect project, I think, is one that combines creativity and learning. This STEM activity fits the bill. Middle daughter really wanted to try a science project and make an articulated hand. I’ve seen the project before, but was impressed by how clear the instructions were in the Amazing! magazine. Middle is now of the age that she can follow the instructions by herself, with very little interference help from me.

making an articulated hand Amazing magazineWe used my glue gun to stick the straws to the cardboard. The only other change she made, was using cardboard from a cereal box, instead of corrugated cardboard. The end result is remarkably sturdy, and strong enough for everyone in the family to play with. Believe me. We tested it.

threading wool through an articulated hand Amazing magazineShe raided my dressmaking tools and found my loop turner, which is used to turn spaghetti shoulder straps the right way round. Having a latch hook at the end, it was perfect for pulling the wool through the straws. Alternatively a big needle, that comes with a beginners sewing kit or a darning needle would work well too. Thread the yarn through the needle and drop it through the straw.

back of science project

We used the glue gun again to stick the rubber bands to the back of hand. So the hand will snap back and return to a flat state. Our science project was complete.

We recorded a video to show you how good the movement turned out. I’ve sped it up. It only takes 12 seconds.


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If you would like to find out more about the Amazing! magazine, I have a competition running at the moment to win a copy of the magazine, so you can see for yourself. Competition is open until the end of April 6th. Anyway, click here Now closed.

8 thoughts on “An articulated hand project – science project

  • Tuesday 29 March, 2016 at 8:45 am

    That’s a great science craft activity! It is so simple yet not somehow.

    • Tuesday 29 March, 2016 at 9:31 am

      There is a certain beauty in an activity that can explain a concept simply and effectively. I think that’s why this activity works so well. Very do-able, as well.

  • Wednesday 30 March, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    What a fantastic project! My son would be fascinated by this, added to our list of things to do this Easter holiday!

  • Monday 4 April, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Oh we have a copy of Amazing magazine, they have some great ideas in there. this one is fab and the magazine is really packed with educational things presented in a fun way to learn. This one is a great example. Thank you for sharing with me on #Trash2Treasure.

  • Wednesday 6 April, 2016 at 7:53 am

    What a fabulous activity and so effective. I’d love to try doing something like this with my children when they are a little older 🙂

    • Wednesday 6 April, 2016 at 11:37 am

      I’m sure they would enjoy doing it. Even now, but they might get more out of it when they’re a little bit older. 🙂

  • Wednesday 6 April, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    That is soooooo cool!!! I will try it with my son as soon as possible!!

    • Thursday 7 April, 2016 at 9:52 am

      I hope you both enjoy making it. 🙂

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