Twig Walking Stick Craft
Activity Type: Craft
Learn about walking sticks and make a walking stick with a twig and pipe cleaners.
About Walking Sticks
- Walking Sticks will cut off their own limbs using a special muscle to escape predators. The limb(s) will grow back.
- Female walking stick insects are able to reproduce without males.
- Un-mated females will only produce females.
- If males reproduce with females, there’s a 50/50 chance that the offspring will be male.
- When attacked by predators, walking sticks can spray enemies with a chemical that is similar to tear gas.
- Fold 3 brown pipe cleaners in half with a half-loop at the top.
- Place 1 pipe holder on top of the twig so that the fold is resting on it (at the front of the twig). Wrap the pipe cleaner around the twig to secure it. Bend the pipe cleaner 3 times on each side to create the legs (see photo).
- Repeat with 1 twig in the middle of the twig and another at the back. So, all in all, there will be 3 sets of legs.
- Fold another pipe cleaner in half and place it on the head of the bug. Wrap the pipe cleaner around and bend each side to make the antennae (see photo).
- Glue on googly eyes.
2 Stars = $.50 - $1.00 per project
3 Stars = more than $1.00 per project
2 Stars = Moderate (Possible Assist K-2, No Assist 3-5)
3 Stars = Hard (Assist K-2, Possible Assist 3-5)
Time to Complete
Meets Common Core Standards:
Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
Model shapes in the world by building shapes from components (e.g., sticks and clay balls) and drawing shapes.