The bamboo dragonfly, also known as a bamboo-copter, is a traditional Chinese toy, invented sometime between 500-400 BC.
Photo Source: Invent China
This is a simple toy to make and play with. I would not recommend it for toddlers or particularly young kids - the skewer is sharp, and it occasionally spins towards your face (we haven't exactly figured out why it does that :)
- printable template
- cereal box cardboard
- bamboo skewer
- exacto knife
- decorative paper or paint to decorate
1. Trace the template onto your cardboard and cut out. Make a hole in the center for your skewer.
2. Decorate your propeller. Elle used decorative paper on both sides. She used a glue stick to apply glue to the cardboard propeller piece, and placed it on the paper. Once dry, she cut around the shape. Then did the other side. You could also paint the propeller and really personalize it.
3. Attach the bamboo skewer into the center hole of the propeller piece. Put beads of glue on both sides - the top and underside of the propeller - where the skewer meets the paper. Let dry completely, ideally overnight.
Once it's dry, take it out for a spin.
How do you spin the dragon fly?
Hold the bottom of the skewer in the palm on one hand, holding it with the finger tips of your other hand.
Using your fingertips, roll the skewer off the tip of your other hand.
This may take you a few tries to get the hang of it. And yup, it may swing up into your face a couple of times as well.
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