Kinetic Sculpture: Jiggle & Boing

Put your problem solving hat on and construct a Len Lye inspired sculpture that jiggles and bounces.


You will need:

Lets use old bits and bobs from around the house, see what you may be able to reuse.

Foam / old sponges

Tin foil




Coloured paper


Glue or sticky tape

Coloured pencils / felts or crayons - optional

Little bells - optional 

Torch light - optional

For this activity we were inspired by Len Lye's kinetic sculptures.

Sculptures that move, shimmy, shake, sway, jiggle and boing.

Pictured here is Len Lye's Universe!




Len Lye Foundation Collection, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
Photo: Tyler Cann

Step 1

Cut, design and arrange your found materials into a mini sculpture! 

Think about the proportions of your sculpture.




Does your sculpture have a base?

Does it have long arms that come out from a central point?

Step 2

If you don't have many bright, fun materials at home - you could try using felts, coloured pencils, or crayons to add colour and patterns to plain card or paper.





Try zig zaggy, squiggly, stripy, dotty and spotty?!

Step 3

As you add to your sculptures form, use sticky tape or a glue stick to hold the materials in place.

Step 4

Think about the materials you're using.

Can you add tinfoil to create reflection? Or bounce the light around?

Can you add cellophane to provide colour or create a sheer element to look through?

Step 5

Take a step back and look at your sculpture, think about the shapes you've created and how your sculpture's shadow will look! 


How many parts jiggle and boing?

Can you add on long twirly parts?

Springy, bouncy parts?

Step 6

When you're happy with your final sculpture - let's try creating shadows!

Lets take the sculpture outside into the sun, or into a dark place inside and shine a torch light onto it.

What shadows are cast from your sculpture?

All Done!

How did your artwork turn out? We would love to see your creation!

Share it with us, take a photo and share it on Instagram with the hashtag #GBCreate or email it to us: and we can share it for you.⁠⠀