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How to Make Paper Mobiles

Spinning Snake Paper Mobile

This paper mobile spins
This paper mobile spins

The spinning snake paper craft isn't just a fun decoration -- it also has a lesson to teach kids about the different ways air moves.

What You'll Need:

  • Paper plate
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Thread

Step 1: Draw an oval shape in the center of a lightweight paper plate.


Step 2: Starting at the oval, draw a spiral line around and around 4 or 5 times until it reaches the edge of the plate.

Step 3: Use scissors to cut along the spiral line from the outside edge to the center oval.

Step 4: Draw eyes to make the center oval of the plate into a snake's head.

Step 5: Poke a small hole into the center of the head.

Step 6: Pull a piece of thread through the hole from the top, and tie a big knot in it so the thread will not pull through.

Step 7: Color the snake's body with stripes.

Step 8: Hang the snake by the thread above a heat source, such as a radiator or heating vent. Watch to see what the snake does.

What Happened?

Heat from the heat source caused air to rise up toward the snake. As the air molecules bumped into the spiral-shaped snake, they caused it to spin around.

Keep reading to learn how to make paper mobiles that are out of this world.

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