Monday, May 23, 2011

Toilet Paper Tube Ladybug Larva Racers


We combined science with craft time today, and ended up with a pretty fun toy in the bargain. The younger girls kicked things off for us, this morning, by painting toilet paper tubes orange.


When they were dry, I punched two pairs of holes in each one, to allow wooden skewer axles to fit through. I neglected to check the radius of the milk caps we were planning on using as wheels, and so ended up having to punch a second set of holes, lower down, later in the process. Chalk that up to, "Mom still has a few science lessons left to learn, herself."


The children then looked at the pictures we had taken of our larvae, and drew their versions on top of the toilet paper tubes (their portion of the science lesson). Some of the children took more creative license than others, but they all took their time observing, and discussing the pictures, and the insects.


We poked holes in the center of milk caps (this could have been a good math review, except the milk caps already had little dents in the center).


Then, we broke wooden skewers in half, removing their pointy ends, and used them to attach the milk caps, through the holes we had just poked, and punched.


After that, it was an afternoon of larva racing fun. If the real larvae can move as fast as our racers, the aphids don't stand a chance.


It's great to be a homeschooler.

8 comments:

Michelle said...

What a fantastic idea!! I love these!!

Raising a Happy Child said...

Really neat! You have the best toy ideas!

Phyllis said...

How do you keep the bottle caps on when they are racing?

Beloved's Bride said...

Creative! :)

Debbie said...

Give those aphids a race for their money!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Phyllis - It's a tight enough fit, that they don't come off unless you really pull, but you can put cover the ends with tape, if you need too.

Christy said...

You always make cool toys. My kids would love this.

Ticia said...

MY kids would so LOVE that!