Motif Teeterboards
Sailboat and Birds

The Motif teeterboards support the motor functions while making them as well as when playing with them afterwards. They are characterized by their easy handling. The ready‑to‑use download templates make it possible for younger children to try out this crafting idea, too.

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Motif Teeterboards: Sailboat and Birds

The Motif teeterboards support the motor functions while making them as well as when playing with them afterwards. They are characterized by their easy handling. The ready‑to‑use download templates make it possible for younger children to try out this crafting idea, too. When working with older students, why not be experimental and try self‑developed motifs. You will soon realize: Finding the right balance at the end, is not always as easy as it seems! By the way: In our next teachers issue, we would like to present you two more motifs.

It's as easy as this:

1. Download the templates and print them out on a sheet of colored paper. For the sailboat as well as for the bird teeter‑totter, the double‑sided one, you will need a teeterboard of 13 cm in diameter.

2. It may not be possible to print it out on colored paper. If so, just trace the template onto the sheet of colored paper and cut it out afterwards. Mind that on the double‑sided bird see‑saw, you will have to cut out the inner circle, too.

3. Fold the teeterboard centrically along the dotted line and paint the boat see‑saw with ocean waves.

Motif Teeterboard Sailboat

  1. Cut out the two boat templates and glue them against each other, sparing the gray gluing flaps.
  2. After they have dried, fold the gluing flaps of the boat outwards, apply glue to the insides and glue them centrically on the edge of the blue boat teeterboard (see draft).

    The gluing flaps are pushed outwards and then glue is applied to the insides. Next, glue the boat in the middle.


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Motif Teeterboard Birds

  1. Cut out the two feet of the bird templates and glue them together, leaving out the bottom gluing flaps.
  2. Follow step 2 of the instructions for the motif teeterboard sailboat and glue the feet centrically on the two outer edges of the teeterboard.
  3. Now, glue one bird‑half each from the left and from the right side against the feet. Orientate yourself by the marked gluing areas.

 

4. Color the boat and birds from both sides with Pelikan colored pencils.

5. Draw accents onto your teeterboards using a fineliner: Give your boat a name, write the date onto the sail and draw a beak onto the birds.

6. Now the teeterboards are fit for use. Slightly bend the teeterboards outwards, place them on a hard underground and tip one end of the teeterboard so it will begin to rock.

Self‑made Motifs

7. Whoever wants to may think of an own teeterboard motif. Doing so, it is important to have your motif perfectly balanced to make the see‑saw stop in the middle. At first, the crafting idea seems a simple one. However, when creating own templates, finding the right balance turns out to be a harder task than expected.

Tip no. 1: For your own drafts, use our teeterboards as a substructure!

Tip no. 2: Test the balance of your motifs before gluing it tight by placing your draft on top of our substructure without gluing it on. You can still move your motif back and forth again to increase the balance. Mark the point where the motif is in balance with a pencil before gluing it on.

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