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Wood Sculpture

Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Art & Craft Activities for Children 3 to 6

The Arts: Visual Arts


Fine Motor




Individual Child

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Wood scraps
Wood glue
Small sponge
Markers or paint and paintbrushes, optional


1. Give each child an assortment of wood scraps. Encourage the children to arrange the scraps in
a variety of designs.
2. When they are satisfied with an arrangement, have them glue the pieces together in a wood
3. Wipe away any extra glue, then place the sculpture where it will not be disturbed and let it dry
4. The following day, let the children color or paint their sculpture, if they choose.
5. Invite the children to name their work of art.
More to do
Field trip: Visit an outdoor sculpture garden or a sculpture exhibit at a local gallery.
Language: Use the sculpture as a “story starter,” and encourage the children to compose a story
surrounding their sculpture.
More art: Decorate the sculpture with collage materials once it has dried. Use the sculpture as a
paperweight or attach a small photo to one of its surfaces. Display the sculptures in an exhibit for
others to enjoy. Introduce the work of Alexander Calder to the children.

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