Use items found around the house to build a new home for your nano!
Are the April showers keeping you and your kids trapped indoors? Well then, have we got the DIY project for you! Here’s a fun do-it-yourself project that will keep your kids entertained and busy building.
MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED:
- Empty Toilet Paper Rolls
- Optional: Decorations for your habitat
This week’s project is to construct your very own nano habitat set using objects that you can find all over your house. Grab some empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls to use for tunnels and tracks in your habitat. Next, grab some empty boxes you might have around your house. Tissue boxes, cereal boxes, even old Amazon boxes can work great for this step. These will act as hubs for your nano to explore, and you can connect them together with the tube and track pieces.
***Parents make sure you are helping your kid when they are using the scissors***
First, you want to decide how many of the rolls you want to cut in half. If you want more tunnels, you don’t have to cut as many, you can just leave them whole. If you want to make open track pieces so that you can actually see your nano crawling around, then you should cut more of the tubes in half.
For the easiest way to do this, hold the tube securely in one had, and cut with the scissors up the side. Then rotate the tube in your hand, and make another cut up the tube so you split it roughly in half. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect! You can also draw a straight line down the tube to help you if you need a guideline.
Now you will want to decide where on your boxes you will make holes to connect the track and tube pieces. Pick a spot, and get the scissors ready. To do this, you will want to poke the sharp end of the scissors into the box. Once you make the first puncture, cut the rest of the hole out. Feel free to draw a circle on the box for another guideline.
For best results, make the opening a circle shape, because this will fit the track and tube pieces best. You also want to make sure that the holes that you cut out of the box are low enough to the ground so there is no lip, otherwise your nano might not be able to crawl over it and could get stuck in one room.
Finally, once you have all your pieces ready, you can begin the construction on your new homemade nano habitat. Use some tape to connect the tube and track pieces to the empty box hub pieces. Once they are secure and fastened snugly, feel free to let some of your nano loose to explore their new home.
That’s pretty much it, however, these are just the building blocks. Let your kid’s imagination go wild as they decide how big they want to make their nano’s new home. They can add in their own toys to make the habitat even more personalized. Try attaching this homemade play set to one of your existing nano habitats to create a nano mansion!
If you need to get your own nano, you can click here!
© 2019 HEXBUG All Rights Reserved