- Everyday household items like toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, egg cartons, cereal boxes, yogurt containers, all kinds of small boxes, plastic jugs, plastic cookie trays, vegetable platters, Styrofoam peanuts, aluminum foil
- Masking tape
- Construction paper
- Fine motor
- Problem solving
- Creative thinking
- Cultural awareness
Explain to children that they are going to become sculptors today. Hold a discussion about famous sculptors and sculptures from around the world. Explain that their sculpture can be a building, person, land formation, animal, robot, or anything that they imagine.
Display all of the gathered household items. Invite children to take a good look at all the stuff and ask if they see a character or building waiting to be created. Suggest that children hold up one item next to another until ideas begin to form.
As children begin to build, remind them to place the bigger items on the bottom to create a sturdy surface on which to build. For a sturdier sculpture, children can glue items and secure them with tape until dry. When the glue dries, invite children to add details with paint and cut paper.
Invite older children to write about their sculptures. Suggest they describe what it is and what it can do. Younger children will need a teacher or older student to record their words. Display the stories along with the sculptures in the gallery.
Remember: It's very important for children to explore the materials before they start this project. Young children are able to innovate and learn as they stack boxes and watch them fall. Some children will begin building without an apparent plan or subject matter in mind, but will name their construction as they work. Let this happen and don't expect children to name their work beforehand. As they are working, clarity will grow.
CURRICULUM CONNECTION: SCIENCE
Nature Studies: Offer children an array of diverse materials (rocks, shells, twigs, bones, leafs, nests, feathers, insects, butterflies, fossils, or hives). Ask them to examine and draw one object. Offer children a paper that says: "Observation of __________." Suggest that children draw the object and tell you something they noticed about it. Encourage them to record their observations below their drawings. A younger child may need you to record their thoughts for them.
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