Activity Plan 5-6: Paper Sculptures
With a few art materials, children can create great shapes.
- Grades: PreK–K
Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Problem Solving
- large sheets of oaktag or poster board
- masking tape, transparent tape, stapler
- children's safety scissors
- chart paper and marker
- camera and film
- small sculpture or statue
- book with photographs of African, Mayan, or other abstract sculptures such as those by Alexander Calder Pablo Picasso, or Louise Nevelson
Objective: Children will create sculptures from paper using a process that encourages problem solving and creative thinking.
In Advance: Bring in a small sculpture or statue from home to share with the children during group time. Collect the books with pictures of abstract sculpture for the children to help them gain a more complete understanding of the art form.
1 During meeting, write the word sculpture on chart paper. Ask the children to tell you what they know about sculpture and record their responses on the chart paper. Show children the small sculpture or statue you have brought in and encourage them to look at it and touch it carefully. Share the books with photographs of sculpture. Encourage the children to describe what they observe about different sculptures.
2 Show the children a large sheet of oaktag or poster board. Ask them how they could create their own sculptures using paper. How can they make the paper change? What might they need to create their sculptures? Record the children's ideas.
3 Invite the children to help you gather the materials they have suggested they will need to make their paper sculptures. Give each child a large sheet of oaktag. Encourage the children to share the other materials.
4 Photograph the children as they are in the process of creating their sculptures. When they are finished, provide an area on the table or on the floor where the children can exhibit their work. Photograph the children with their finished sculptures. Invite them to share their sculptures with the group, describing the processes they used to create their individual work and what they learned about paper.
Block Area: Sculptures can also be made from blocks, small boxes, and other materials found in your block area or classroom. Divide the children into small groups of four or five children. Explain that each day a different group will have an opportunity to work together in the block area to create a sculpture. When each group has finished their work, they will share it with the class.
Photograph the group sculptures to include with your sculpture display.