4-H Science Bonanza - Make your own Crankie (Kinetic Sculpture)

A crankie contraptions is a fun kinetic (that is, moving) sculpture made from simple materials you can find around the house or at a craft store.  Participants will learn how to make a crankie in this live 4-H Science Bonanza video presentation.  This activity is great for families and kids of all ages, though younger children will need adult supervision and help cutting and gluing some materials.

Ages: Families, young children will need adult supervision.  This activity requires the use of scissors or craft knife to cut cardboard and a hot glue gun.


  • Scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • Pliers
  • Hole punch (optional)


  • Corrugated cardboard (old cardboard boxes are fine)
  • Craft foam (Thin and thick)
  • Craft wire (18 gauge) this can be found at a craft or department store
  • Markers
  • craft sticks
  • Googly eyes
  • other fun craft decorations
  • Masking tape

This fun activity was developed at the Exploratorium’s Tinkering Studio which as lots of fun activities for tinkering and making cool stuff.  For more information on the Tinkering Studio you can visit their website.

If you missed the workshop here is the video recording.



Extension Field Specialist - Science Literacy
Extension Field Specialist, 4-H Science Education
Phone: (603) 447-3834
Office: Cooperative Extension, Taylor Hall, Durham, NH 03824