The four million wasps in Itching Down have created an irritating, stinging probem. You and your young reader can spend the afternoon making your own harmless wasps out of paper tubes!
Paper Tube Wasp
- Tissue rolls
- Cardboard egg carton
- Yellow construction paper
- Hole punch
- Coffee filters (preferably unbleached)
- Brown or black pipe cleaners
- Black marker
- Yellow and black paint and paintbrushes
yellow and black crayons
- Either paint or color black and yellow stripes on the tissue roll. Let dry.
- Punch a hole in one end of the tissue roll, as far as the hole punch will reach.
- Cut the pipe cleaner in half. Gather a coffee filter down the middle. Center one piece of the pipe cleaner over the gathered filter and twist to secure.
- Make the Head: Cut 1 cup from the egg carton for each wasp.Using the hole punch, punch two holes on one side of the eggcup for the antennae. Take the other piece of pipe cleaner and put one end through the holes in the eggcup. With the marker, draw eyes on the head.
- Assemble the Body: Take the two ends of the pipe cleaner attached to the wings and place through the hole in the tissue roll. Open the two ends on the inside to secure.
Glue head on.
- Cut 6 strips of yellow paper (about 1/3 inch by 3 inches) to make legs. Arrange along body and glue or tape. Bend paper to make upper and lower parts of leg.
A Swarm of Wasps
- 5 tissue roll wasps (or however many you want)
- Brass brads
- String or yarn
- Hole punch
- Cut two strips of cardboard, about 3 by 15 inches.
- Punch 4 holes in the middle of each piece of cardboard to make a square.
- Cross the cardboard pieces to make an X.
- Put a brad through each hole to secure.
- Punch a hole in each end of the cardboard pieces.
- Tie a piece of string around the base of the wings of each wasp. Tie the other end of each string through a hole in the cardboard.