Turn maple tree pods (or helicopter seeds) into a dragonfly craft for kids. You can gather the natural materials you’ll need on your next neighborhood walk and head inside to create your own insect craft.
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The kids love using items from nature to create. Whether it’s using twigs as the stem to our coffee filter flowers or turning a pinecone into an apple tree, there’s always so many fun ways to use natural materials from outside along with your imagination to come up with all kinds of cool creations!
In our latest craft using nature treasures, we turned popular helicopter or maple seeds into some cute dragonflies!
Use this dragonfly craft as an extension activity to these fiction and nonfiction books:
Helicopter Seed Dragonfly Craft for Kids
Materials for Helicopter Seed Dragonfly Craft
- Maple seed pods (also known as “helicopter seeds”)
- Small twig with a ‘v’ at the top for the dragonfly body and antennae
- Hot glue gun
- Optional: Glitter Glue
Directions for Helicopter Seed Dragonfly Craft
- Take two helicopter seeds and line them up end to end with the ‘wings’ facing upward. Repeat again with the ‘wings’ facing downward. Place these two sections next to each other so the seeds form a dragonfly shape.
2. Place a dot of hot glue between each seed row to hold them together.
3. Use hot glue to adhere the stick to your dragonfly to make a body. The ‘v’ should be at the top to form the dragonfly’s antennae.
4. Put a line of glue across the top and bottom of your completed dragonfly, going over top of the stick to secure it in place.
5. Trim the bottom of the stick to the length you like to finish off the body of the dragonfly.
6. Optional: Use the glitter glue to give the dragonfly a little sparkle. You can outline the wings or add some color to your twig.
That’s it! Your dragonfly is ready to enjoy! Did you gather even more helicopter seeds and twigs? What else can you create?
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