We're making dragonflies

Still inspired by our visit to see the dragonflies, we decided to take the paints outside again and make our own. I first thought to use wine corks, but then I spotted the blank clothes pegs. They would give a longer thinner body.

First the children painted the pegs with acrylic paints. I don’t know why I’m always amazed that these projects don’t turn out as I imagined. The children created their own dragonflies. Straight out of their imagination. They also chatted among themselves, playing a game of “Imagine a world without….” I listened, but did not join in.  It was too fascinating. This activity really tapped into their imaginations.

Next they stuck three strands onto the peg, to give the dragonfly legs. The wings were more challenging. We used florist wire for some, paper clips for others and one has thin wire that I had saved from the top of a bottle of wine. We twisted the wire into four loops, spread then out and shaped them until they were long and thin.

We tried sticking thin material to the wings, but it would not stick. We toyed with wrapping stretchy fabric or sewing. As the dragonflies are going to be an outside mobile, paper and sellotape were ruled out. In the end, everyone was happy to leave it as just wire.

I love the eyes

I love painting outside. It is more inspiring to be surrounded by nature. It is less restricting, as no one minds the paint on the grass. The acrylic paint we used surprised me as being easy to wash off little hands and feet. TF may have got more on his feet and arms than his dragonflies, but he was so pleased with his dragonflies. Our clover flowers are just a little more white tonight!

8 thoughts on “We're making dragonflies

    • Sunday 13 June, 2010 at 9:37 am

      Your dragonflies are great fun. I bet they rustled in the wind. Nice recycling. I hope ours survive all summer.

  • Sunday 13 June, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    What fantastic dragonflies, the real things are beautiful but imagine if they looked like yours. Hope we see a picture of the finished mobile.

    • Sunday 13 June, 2010 at 9:31 pm

      AJ wants to take hers to school tomorrow, but I’ll string them up after that. I have a perfect spot for them in the garden.

  • Sunday 13 June, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Lovely dragonflies!!! I have some of those clothespegs upstairs, and I bet my sweet little miss would LOVE to make some dragonflies!!!
    xo maureen

    • Sunday 13 June, 2010 at 9:34 pm

      The girls had fun making them. I’m looking forward to seeing them flying under one of our trees.

  • Sunday 13 June, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    They are totally fantastic. My girls would love this craft – now I just have to source some wooden clothes pegs!
    And the bit about things turning out different to how you imagined made me smile (a lot). I SO understand where you are coming from with that!!

    • Sunday 13 June, 2010 at 9:37 pm

      I think I prefer their version. My idea seems tame in comparison!

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