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Make A Swam of Tumblebugs

Posted by on Oct 3rd, 2009 and filed under Arts and Craft. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

07_tumblebugsBy Family Fun
Oct. 3, 2009

Set these little critters on an incline and watch them cartwheel a beeline to the bottom. The secret to their antics is a marble rolling around inside.



  • Scissors
  • Card stock
  • 2 nickels
  • Tacky glue
  • Toothpick
  • Marble (1 for each bug)
  • Black marker
  • Colored tissue paper
  • Glue stick

Time needed: Under 1 Hour


1_tumblebugs1. For each bug, cut a 5-1/2- by 3/4-inch strip of card stock and two 1 3/4- by 7/8-inch card stock ovals.





2. To make an oval, lay 2 nickels side by side on the card stock and trace around them, connecting the top and bottom.



3. Glue the strip into a loop, overlapping the ends by an inch. Pinch it or use a paper clip to hold it together while the glue dries. Next, use a toothpick to line one edge of the loop with glue, then set the loop on top of an oval.



4. When the glue dries, place a marble inside. Line the edge of the loop with glue and press the other oval on top.




4_tumblebugs5. Once all the glue is dry, use a marker to add a face and other features. Cut out a couple of 2-inch-long wings from tissue paper and use the glue stick to attach them to the top of your bug.


Source Family Fun


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