We've been on a pretty solid science kick lately, so we thought we'd round out our molecule madness . . .
. . . with a quick sewing activity. . .
. . . that can be as simple. . .
. . . or complex as your little crafters want to make it. . .
. . . and at the end of all that fun, you'll have a few new bookmarks to help you remember where you left off in your favorite books.
- Ribbon or felt (if you prefer not to hem the ends)
- Needle and thread
- Your favorite molecule reference book
Every person learns in a different way. Some like to read, some need to write about subjects to really hammer it home, and some people need to use their hands. While our molecule building sets are a great way to get a three dimensional understanding of molecular structure, these simple bookmarks can help little scientists start to learn how to write and recognize chemical formulas.
To make molecule book marks, take a piece of ribbon and cut it to the length of bookmark you would like to make (6"-8" is a good size). To keep the ribbon from fraying, fold over each end twice and secure each side with a blanket stitch to hold them down.
Starting with something simple like a water molecule (see images above), lightly sketch the molecule shape on your ribbon and use different colored thread to sew over your sketch. Simple stitches will do perfectly, or you could also use a back stitch to make round shapes with a solid line.
And that's it! Just a simple, quick and useful craft for some afternoon when the weather is not terribly inviting.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
*Last time in Crafts and Activities: Natural Structures