Photosynthesis Mobile Project

AGE RANGE:  PROJECT SHOULD BE EASILY ACCOMPLISHED BY AGES 4 AND UP WITH HELP FROM PARENT OR GUARDIAN

APPROXIMATE TIME: 45 MINUTES - 1 HOUR

Spring is in the air! How do green leaves form on trees? Let’s find out together. We’ll create a mobile that shows the cycle of photosynthesis made from materials found in your home and branches you can find on a walk.

EDUCATIONAL OUTCOME:

Learning about photosynthesis through the work of creating art. 

Art Materials Needed
-String (yarn, thread, fishing line, dental floss) 
-Branches (dry branches that were found on the ground) 
-Green paper  
-Yellow paper 
-White paper 
-Blue paper 

PAPER SUBSTITUTION OPTION:
Tissue paper painted 
a color, construction paper, gift wrap, paper bags, scrap paper from mailings

-Glue (glue stick or liquid) or tape 
-Scissors 
-Pencil 
Project Instructions

Project Steps

  • Draw a cloud in white paper 
  • Cut out 
  • Punch a small hole at the top 
  • Tie 4 inches of string  
  • Draw a sun in yellow paper 
  • Cut out 
  • Punch a small hole at the top 
  • Tie 4 inches of string 
  • Cut strips of yellow paper for sun’s rays 
  • Glue or tape to sun 
  • Cut strips of blue paper for rain 
  • Glue or tape to cloud 
  • Cut leaves out of green paper 
  • Glue or tape leaves to small branch (to indicate a tree) 
  • Tie 10 inches of string to top of branch 
  • Tie sun and cloud to either end of the branch 
  • Tie tree to middle of branch 
  • Tie hanging string to middle of branch making sure to find the balance point for good hanging