Nature Crafts for Kids: Whirligig Beetle Top

Whirligig Top NT

Whirligig beetles are an interesting inhabitant of rivers and ponds. They are aquatic beetles that spend a lot of time in community groups where they scoot around on top of the water. They will also move across the water in a spinning motion. To highlight these interesting critters I created the whirligig beetle top craft to show off their spinning abilities in a fun way!

To create this craft you’ll need the following materials:

  • Cardboard (cut into circles)
  • Wood beads
  • Markers
  • Hot glue

To begin trace the circumference of the wooden bead onto the cardboard circle.

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This leaves a circle on the cardboard wide enough for the bead to be placed into later.

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After the circle is drawn, cut it out with an Exacto knife or some other tool being careful not to cut yourself.

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Cut the entire inner circle out so that the bead can later be pushed inside it.

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After cutting out the circle your child can now color the whirligig top however they please. I colored mine like a whirligig but the more colorful and squiggly the more beautiful it looks when spun.

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After coloring the cardboard, push the bead into the circle.

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To secure the bead make sure to hot glue the bead to the cardboard.

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After hot-gluing the bead into place you can let your kiddo spin their new top!

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