Papier Mache

Papier mache is a great craft product for a quick, simple and creative activity!

Kinetic Spinning Monster

This activity is a great way to learn about Kinetics, which is the study of forces acting on mechanisms! This activity combines engineering with a bit of craft fun!

  • Step 1Using a ruler and pencil, make a diagonal cross on the 2 smaller sides and back of the box.
  • Step 2Use a blunt tip needle to pierce a hole in each smaller side of the box at the centre of each cross. Adult supervision is recommended. These holes will be for a skewer to pass through. Erase the lead pencil lines.
  • Step 3On the back of the box, you will need to create a bigger hole to hold a straw. To create this hole, poke and swirl the needle around, enlarging the initial hole made. The scratch board tool may also be used this way to gradually enlarge the hole.
  • Step 4Erase the lead pencil lines then cut a 4cm length of straw and insert into the hole made in step 3. Adult supervision is recommended when using scissors.
  • Step 5Insert the pointy end of a scratch board tool through the centre of a red pulley until it is firmly in place. Take this and insert it through the straw piece and hole on the inside of the box as shown.
  • Step 6Thread a skewer through the outside hole on the short side of the box, then place a red pulley onto it. Continue to push the skewer until it comes out the hole in the other side of your box. Secure the pulley in place in the middle of the skewer using a glue gun. Adult supervision is recommended when using a glue gun. Allow to dry.
  • Step 7Push the pulley from the back of the box inwards until it is touching the other pulley. Leave 3cm of skewer on the outer left side of the box and 1.5cm on the right. Cut off any excess skewer that appears outside these measurements.
  • Step 8Cut 20cm of yarn and tie a double knot at one end. Thread the other end through a needle. First, thread a small pom pom onto the yarn, then a big pom pom and finally another small pom pom. Remove the needle and tie the end of the yarn in a double knot. Position the smaller pom poms at similar lengths from the large one.
  • Step 9Attach wiggle eyes to the front of the large pom pom using glue. Pull the pom pom yarn threads apart and apply some glue from the glue gun as shown.
  • Step 10Place the monster on top of the protruding scratch board tool from the back of the box. Allow to dry. Sit the box so the monster is sitting upright. To create movement and make the monster spin, twist the longer end of the skewer from the side of the box!

Materials used in this activity

Wooden Skewers - Pack of 100
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Product Code: 10014
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Student Scissors - Pack of 20
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Product Code: 10897
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Product Code: 11312
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Product Code: 11591
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Plastic Ruler - 30cm
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Product Code: 12295
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Product Code: 12505
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Product Code: 15733
EACH $3.29 (inc GST) $2.99 (ex GST)
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Pom Poms - Assorted - Pack of 150
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Product Code: 16600
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6 or more $6.59 (inc GST) $5.99 (ex GST)          
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HB Pencils - Pack of 20
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Product Code: 16618
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Recyclable Paper Straws - Pack of 250
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Product Code: 17671
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Plastic Pulleys - Assorted - Pack of 50
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Product Code: 18751
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Micador 3020 Large Eraser - Each
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Product Code: 19015
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Papier Mache Photo Box
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Product Code: 19199
EACH $3.08 (inc GST) $2.80 (ex GST)
50 to 99 $2.75 (inc GST) $2.50 (ex GST) 100 or more $2.16 (inc GST) $1.96 (ex GST)
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Wiggle Eyes - Monster - Pack of 120
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Product Code: 19749
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