Wire sculptures are one of the many great craft ideas for kids, inspiring creativity and the exploration of different forms. Easily manipulated and decorated, they are one of many art activities for kids that are appropriate for all ages and seasons.
Sculpture for kids isn’t hard; this activity doesn’t require any previous knowledge about how to make wire sculptures, and will surely become a one of your favorite wire sculpture ideas.
Wire Bird Nest-Builders
You Will Need:
- Craft wire (22-gauge)
- Wire cutters
- Assorted bits of fabric, string, yarn, thread, cotton, feathers, ribbon, etc.
- Cut about 10 feet of wire. Twist the ends together. Have your child begin twisting the wire loop into a loose ball, or nest shape.
- Lightly push the assorted pieces of cloth and other materials into the nest, allowing some to stick out between the wires.
- Use more wire, string or a pipe cleaner looped through the nest to hang the sculpture on a branch outside.
Watch as your neighborhood birds collect these pretty materials for their nests. Maybe you’ll see a brightly colored nest in a nearby tree!
For more sculpture ideas and other art crafts, read Great American Artists for Kids: Hands-On Art Experiences in the Styles of Great American Masters, by MaryAnn F. Kohl and Kim Solga.