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Make a Swarm of Tumblebugs | Bug Crafts

Make a Swarm of Tumblebugs

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Set these little critters on an incline and watch them cartwheel a beeline to the bottom. The secret to their antics is a marble rolling around inside.

Materials

  • Scissors
  • Card stock
  • 2 nickels
  • Tacky glue
  • Toothpick
  • Marble (1 for each bug)
  • Black marker
  • Colored tissue paper
  • Glue stick

Instructions

Make a Swarm of Tumblebugs - Step 1

1. For each bug, cut a 5-1/2- by 3/4-inch strip of card stock and two 1 3/4- by 7/8-inch card stock ovals.

Make a Swarm of Tumblebugs - Step 2

2. To make an oval, lay 2 nickels side by side on the card stock and trace around them, connecting the top and bottom.

Make a Swarm of Tumblebugs - Step 3

3. Glue the strip into a loop, overlapping the ends by an inch. Pinch it or use a paper clip to hold it together while the glue dries. Next, use a toothpick to line one edge of the loop with glue, then set the loop on top of an oval.

Make a Swarm of Tumblebugs - Step 4

4. When the glue dries, place a marble inside. Line the edge of the loop with glue and press the other oval on top.

5. Once all the glue is dry, use a marker to add a face and other features. Cut out a couple of 2-inch-long wings from tissue paper and use the glue stick to attach them to the top of your bug.

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