Your young artist will love exploring a classic sculpting technique by imprinting shells in modeling dough and casting them using hot glue.
This art-science project encourages kids to look more closely at shells, and it gets kids thinking about material sciences as they observe how hot melted glue solidifies into a hard sculpture.
What You’ll Need
- Glue gun
- Glue sticks (glitter glue sticks, if you have them)
- Clay or modeling dough
- Other objects for making small imprints in dough (optional)
- Toothpick (optional)
Safety Tips and Hints
Glue guns and hot glue can cause burns. Adult supervision should be used when filling imprints with hot glue. Always keep hot glue and glue guns away from small children, and remember to unplug them when you've finished filling the imprints.
An adult should cut off excess glue, once the shell is cast and hardened.
What to Do
Step 1: Let your child flatten a ball of modeling dough to make it slightly thicker than the shell that she wants to use for casting.