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Ranger Rick
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Participant Age: 
Under 7, 7 to 12, 12 and up
Approximate Cost: 
$0
Duration: 
1 to 60 minutes
Date submitted: 
12/31/2011
Difficulty: 
Physical Challenge: 
Make a Nature Mobile
Hang your favorite nature items from a mobile and watch them slowly spin around.
Materials
  • Nature objects - sea shells, feathers, flowers, pine cones, sand dollars, pretty rocks
  • Two sticks - each about one foot long
  • Yarn or string
Steps
Step 1
Gather items from nature that you think are cool.

For this activity, it helps if the items are small. If you find large items, you can feature them on a Nature Table.

Look at what you gathered. If the items have a small hole in them already, that makes them ideal. If they do not, can you figure out a way to tie yarn around them so they don't fall? Or can you figure out a way to put a small hole in the item without damaging it?

Step 2
Tie the two sticks into a cross with yarn or string.

Make sure there is a long piece leftover so you can hang it up.

Then hang up the cross from a branch or shelf.

Attach yarn or string to each natural item you want in the mobile. Then tie them to a stick.

As you add items, you'll need to move them out or in on the stick to get the mobile to balance. Keep playing around with your items until the whole mobile is even.

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