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Studio Sunday Activity

Who makes up your community? Who surrounds you and moves through your life? Create a mobile to represent the significant people and elements in your life. 


What you Need:

  • Paper plate/recycled cardboard 
  • Coloured paper 
  • Yarn and/or string 
  • Scissors 
  • A large bead
  • Paper for list
  • Pencil and eraser 

What you Do:

  • Make a list of the 5-10 most important people and elements to you in your community. This could include family, friends, elders, teachers, neighbors, the land, objects or anyone/anything you are close with. 
  • Think of a shape and colour that represents each of those people/items. The shapes and colours could relate to something that person likes, something they do, something they wear, where they live, something they like to eat, or a specific memory you have about that person/item. Cut that shape out from the corresponding coloured paper. Punch a hole in the top of that shape. 
  • Make the base for your mobile. Use a hole punch around the edges of a paper plate or piece of recycled cardboard to make places for each item to hang from. Punch a hole in the middle for a large loop of yarn to go through for hanging your mobile, and tie a large bead to the underside so that it won’t fall off. You may need some help from a parent/teacher with making the hole in the middle. 
  • Attach each shape to a string by tying it to the hole punched in the top. Attach those strings to the holes around the edges of the paper plate so that they hang down from itHow can you represent the connections and relationships between people in your community with how you hang your shapes?  Play with which shapes are placed beside each other, and how long you make each string.