Build a model hand! Explore the hand's joints and bones to build a functional hand.
- Cardboard (doesn’t need to be very big, just enough to trace your hand on, could be part of a cereal box even!
- Scissors/Utility Knife
- Bendable Straws or Construction paper rolled into a skinny tube
- String or Yarn
- 5 Rubber bands
- Hot Glue Gun with Glue Sticks or Liquid Glue (stick glue will not work)
- Trace your hand on the cardboard and carefully cut it out
- Using a pencil mark where your knuckles would be on the cardboard hand. Then very carefully score using the scissors/utility knife so that the fingers will bend.
- Glue the straws/construction paper tubes on the inside portion of your cardboard hand. Trim the straws so that they line up with the ends of the fingers.
- Using the scissors/utility knife slice through the straws/construction paper tubes at the same pencil marks where you marked your joints! This will help your cardboard hand to bend properly!
- Take your string or yarn and run it through the straws/construction paper tubes leaving a long tail out of both ends.
- Cut your five rubber bands so that instead of a circle you have one long piece!
- Tie one of your long rubber bands onto the ends of the string/yarn coming out of the fingertips in a knot
- Turn the cardboard hand over (so that the empty side is facing up) and glue the rubber band ends only to the back of the hand.
- Now you have a functioning hand! Use the strings/yarn that you left untied to pull the fingers and make them move!