Eco-Friendly Mobile

Lesson #3067

Recycle materials to create eco-friendly mobiles for anything from creative learning to classroom decor.

Grade Level:
1-2, 3-5, 6-8

Following a unit on shapes, the class will create eco-friendly mobiles from aluminum cans and cardboard boxes. This cross-curriculum lesson incorporates concepts of geometry and physical science. Create this project using any die-cut. Consider using the Heart, Oval or Square Frames. Enjoy these mobiles as unique gifts!

Die-cut recycled materials to create unique math mobiles.

A10941-Ellison AllStar Die - Frames, Triangle

Supplies Used: Fishing Line or String, Glue, Permanent Markers, Plastic Lid, Aluminum Cans, Cereal Boxes, Ribbon, Scissors

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. Punch a hole in the center of the plastic lid. Cut a 10" length of ribbon. Fold the ribbon in half and push the loop through the hole. Knot the two ends together on the underside of the lid.
  2. Carefully cut open and flatten various aluminum cans.
  3. Die-cut a flattened aluminum can with the Triangle Frames. The aluminum can may now be handled carefully by students, as the edge has been beveled by the die.
  4. Die-cut additional Triangles from recycled cereal boxes.
  5. Punch a hole in each Triangle. Punch holes for each Triangle in the lid.
  6. Cut various lengths of fishing line. Tie one end to a Triangle and the other to the plastic lid (see Main Image).

    • Figure A

Science: Physical Science

As a result of activities in grades K-4, all students should develop an understanding of:

  • properties of objects and materials.
  • position and motion of objects.

As a result of activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop an understanding of:

  • properties and changes of properties in matter.
  • motions and forces.

Source: National Science Education Standards

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