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Level: Junior
Grades: 3 - 5 | Age: 8 -11yrs | Written by: Diane Overmyer
[Diane is an artist and art educator. ]

A step by step lesson plan that shows you how to construct a foam and wire mobile.

Comments from the Author:

Last week I taught art at our church's summer sports and art camp. When I teach several different lessons with children I like to teach some aspect of art and then follow it up with an art project that reinforces what I am trying to teach. One of the lessons we did last week was on mobiles. For this lesson I came up with a fun mobile project that each child could make. This was pretty easy for all of the kids, (ages 9 - 11) in my class and they really had a blast with constructing the foam dangle portions for their mobiles. I would highly recommend this project for young and old alike, simply because it is easy, yet can be as involved as anyone would like it to be.

What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. Precut top (25' or so) and button (13' or so) hanging wires. Depending on the ages of the children that you are working with, you may want to have all of the wire bent for the children, so they only have to worry about the foam dangles. Due to our time crunch, I did this prior to the beginning of our class.
  2. Make a sample for children to see. I cut some spiral shapes and then made a single cut halfway into the spiral, and another cut halfway into a small foam piece. I then intersected the two pieces at the place where they had been cut. I also cut out some random shapes and using the same technique I made some other shapes. There is no right or wrong way to make the dangle portion of the mobile, just be sure that the pieces to get too wide or too long, so that they collide and stop the mobile from moving freely.
  3. The joints to the foam, or any over laid sections, can be easily glued with a drop or two of glue.
  4. Once the glue is dry, poke a hole with one of the single wires of the paper clip into the top of each dangle creation.
  5. Tie the two pieces of wire together, leaving 3" to 6" of space between the two wires. Tie the fishing line fairly tight onto each of the eyes at the end of the wires, and in the center of the bottom wire. Leave about 4" to 5" of line hanging and attach a dangle to each end. Also tie a loop of line onto the top of the mobile so it will twirl easily.
  6. Double check the knots to make sure they are tight. You many need to double tie them. A square knot works well, but you can always drop a dot of glue onto each knot just to be on the safe side.
  7. Hang the mobiles in a place where there is air movement, such as in front of an open window.
Recommended Books/Products:

EVA Foam Sheets  (pack of 78)
Pack of 78 foam sheets in assorted colors, 9" x 12". 2mm thickness. Easily cuts to any shape with scissors. Decorate hats, visors, masks or book covers. Craft foam can also be layered to make jewelry, mobiles or magnets. Pack of 78, 6 each of 13 colors: white, green, purple, orange, blue, red, neon green, neon yellow, black, brown, magenta, neon pink and tan.


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