This DIY articulated grabber promotes learning in a fun way.
This DIY articulated grabber promotes learning in a fun way.

Here’s a fun project idea for parents. If you’re one of the many parents who are constantly looking for educational and functional toys for their kids, this DIY articulated grabber is for you. It’s a great way to teach your kids about linkage, among other things.

Use different types of objects when practicing how to pick things up.
Use different types of objects when practicing how to pick things up.

This project combines Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Art. Not only is the end-product useful, it’s also learning-based. This is an inexpensive project and it will be fun making this over the weekend.

Furthermore, this also works well for adults who need to pick something up from the floor without having to bend down. The grabber can extend your reach to almost 30 inches. This means you don’t have to stand on a chair to get something way beyond your reach!

Materials:

  • Cardboard (unbent and clean)
  • Masking tape
  • 5” Metal fasteners
  • 1/8” x 3.5” Rubber band
  • String
  • craft sticks, foam, paperclips, or other materials for improving the grabber’s grip
  • assorted objects to pick up

Tools:

  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Sharpened pencil

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Wanna learn how to make an articulated grabber? Watch this.