Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Mexican Jumping Bean

Wouldn't you and your kids like to make this fun Mexican Jumping Bean that feels like its alive in
your hand?
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Sure you would!

My mother put this craft together for vacation Bible school one year, and the kids LOVED it!

Here is the template. You'll want to print it or copy it onto heavy cardstock (110lb is best). Other than that, all you need is scissors, a gluestick, and a standard sized marble to complete the craft.

Your kids can color their bean and write their name on it. Just a word of warning though: if they use marker, make sure they don't color very much. If the paper gets wet it doesn't work. Also, you may have to play around with the sizing at the copier if it doesn't seem quite right for your marble. It is kind of picky.

Once coloring is done, very carefully cut out the bean along the solid lines. Then fold along the dotted lines. Like this-Finally, you will place a marble inside of the bean and glue the two sets of flaps so that it looks like this-
You're done! Now, you'll want to find a slightly inclined surface- and preferably one that is not too slippery- to let your little bean "come to life."

4 comments:

Valerie said...

Oh, this would be fun for Cinco de Mayo! Will have to try, and I bet my daughter would love it. Hmmm... maybe the cats will too!

Valerie
www.frugalfamilyfunblog.com

Being us... said...

I am soooo going to try this!!!

I have a cute valentines day contact paper/paper plate craft that your kids might like..I just posted it to my blog. Check it out!

beingjake.blogspot.com

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