How to Make an Infant Mobile Toy for a School Project

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How to Make an Infant Mobile Toy for a School Project
Avoid straws with flexible necks or your mobile may bend and crumble. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

If you are taking a childhood education class or a similar course, you may be required at some point to create a toy or activity suitable for young children. Mobiles are very good for babies with developing eyesight, since the movement may help hasten their ability to focus. There are a number of different ways to create an infant mobile, but if you are a student, odds are you need an economical plan. A mobile built from drinking straws and paper clips is both creative and dirt cheap. Better yet, drinking straws are available already brightly-coloured, so there's no painting involved.

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Things you need

  • Straight drinking straws
  • Paper clips
  • Pushpin

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  1. 1

    Lay a straw on a flat surface, such as a table, in front of you. Slide a paper clip onto the centre of the straw. Slide a paper clip about 1/2 inch in on each end of the straw.

  2. 2

    Repeat step 1 to make as many arms as you want on your mobile. Lay out your prepared straws and arrange them into a pattern that you like, with each straw slightly above another, slightly below another or both. Join each of the straws to the ones above and below it by making chains of paper clips between the centre paper clips of the two straws.

  3. 3

    Create a chain of paper clips off of each paper clip on the bottommost straw in each column. Vary the length of the paper clip chains for more interest. Cut graphic shapes like stars, circles or squares out of colourful construction paper and attach one to the end of each paper clip chain.

  4. 4

    Make a chain of paper clips upward from the centre paper clip of the topmost straw. You will use this chain to hang your mobile. Hang your mobile where desired or directed using a pushpin so that it can be presented.

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