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Making a Wood Sculpture
Crafts
Type: Crafts   Skills: Math & NumbersPhysical & Motor SkillsPlay & CreativitySocial & Emotional Skills
Making a wood sculpture is a lot easier than it sounds. Itís a simple activity where we allow kids to take a scrap piece of wood and glue all sorts of materials together, such as feathers, pipe cleaners or cotton balls, to create a work of art. Making a Wood Sculpture
What We Learn
The point of this project is to get children to understand that some projects take time and that you wonít be able to finish it all at once. Prepare the kids for that by telling them that you will be doing this project over a period of time.

Allow them to explore the activity by giving them different choices of materials to put on the sculpture, but let them know that they will only be allowed a certain amount of time to work on it.

Also, talk to them in advance so they know that itís OK not to finish it all at that moment. Remind them that they will be able to come back to it after lunch or the next day and that there will be much more to be done.

Each time you take the sculpture out for the kids to work on, give them a new material to add and allow them as much creativity and space as they need.

What we learn in a nutshell:
Time management
Continuing projects over time
Planning skills
Cooperation
Fine motor skills
Supply List
Sturdy piece of cardboard or plywood
Scrap pieces of wood
Glue
Assorted decorative materials such as feathers, foamboard pieces, colorful pipe cleaners, cotton balls, etc.
Paint and paintbrushes
How-To
Give each child one piece of sturdy cardboard or plywood which will serve as the platform on which they will create their sculpture.

Let the kids choose from various scrap pieces of wood that youíve collected and have them begin assembling their sculpture by gluing pieces to their base. In addition to finding unwanted scraps of wood from around the house or garage, you might also be able to get wood scraps from your local hardware store. You can also use cardboard rolls from the center of wrapping paper or toilet paper.

To encourage kids to learn about time management, break the rest of the activity up over several parts of the day, or even over several days.

After the kids have glued together their wood scraps, bring out various decorative items that the kids can use to adorn their sculpture. Items might include feathers, foam-board cut into various geometric shapes, cotton balls, colorful pipe cleaners, etc. Bring out a new decorative item for each day or part of the day that the children are working on the sculpture.

The final step to completing the project is to allow kids to paint their wood sculpture.
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