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Sparky is Spark!Lab's mascot, and now you can invent a climbing Sparky of your own!

Create it!

Here’s What You Need:

  • A Sparky cut-out/pattern or make your own pattern
  • 3-4 feet of string, yarn, or thin ribbon
  • Coloring materials (crayons and markers are fun!)
  • 1 drinking straw
  • 1 craft stick
  • Masking tape
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • One or more Adults to assist you (Inventing can be a fun group activity)

Get Started!

  • Color your Sparky template and then cut it out.
  • With an adult’s assistance and permission, cut 2 pieces of straws that are one-half inch long and 1 piece that is three-inches long.
  • Tape a short straw across the end of each of Sparky’s hands. Make sure that you do not cover the holes on the straw with tape.
  • Stick the other end of the tape to the other side of Sparky for additional durability.
  • Tape the long piece of drinking straw to the center of the craft stick.
  • Thread the string through the bottom straw hole on Sparky’s right arm, then through the right side of the straw with popsicle stick and finally through the top straw hole on his left arm.
  • To prevent the string from slipping off, using a piece of tape, attach a “flag” on each end of the string.

Try it!

Hang your climbing Sparky on a door knob or ask a friend to hold it up for you. Hold one end of the string in each hand. Pull on each of the string alternately and watch Sparky climb up to the top! Let go of the strings and he will slide down to the bottom.

Tweak it!

Can you think of other objects, creatures or animals that can climb? Draw them and see if they can climb up the strings too!

Sell it!

Take a picture of your Climbing Sparky and e-mail it to Sparky at sparklab@si.edu.

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