Ray Catcher Project

Hang this mobile in a light-filled window to really let it glimmer and glow. Just be sure to keep it out of reach of little kids; the beads are a choking hazard.

Ray Catcher Activity
Photo: Tara Donne

WHAT YOU’LL NEED 4 jumbo ice-pop sticks; Hot-glue gun and glue sticks; Cotton braiding cord (Clubhouse Crafts Tropical Cotton Braiding Cord, $4; joann.com); Small plastic, glass, and wooden beads; Large crystal ball prism (40mm Feng Shui Asfour Crystal Ball Prism,$7; crystalclearimage.com)

MAKE IT 1. Place a dab of hot glue on one end of an ice-pop stick. Attach the end of another stick so that you now have one long, straight piece. 2. Create a cross shape with the two remaining sticks: Hot-glue the third stick, at a 90-degree angle, in the center top of the long piece you made; glue the last stick under it, also at a 90-degree angle. 3. Cut 8 pieces of cord in various lengths. Knot one end of each, then have your child string beads onto the cords. Wrap two beaded cords around each arm of the cross and knot in place. Adjust positions as needed to create balance. 4. Cut a 15-in. and a 7-in. length of cord. String and knot prism to bottom of longer cord, then string on more beads. Tie cord to center of mobile. Use shorter cord to knot a loop around center so it can hang.

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