Sculpting with Claytoons

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Most days I feel like I have the best job in the world (and this is especially true after my morning coffee). While I've chosen to be SAHM, there's still a busy worker bee inside of me who has trouble not working, and I consequently have trouble saying no to exciting opportunities that coincide with my creative values. Squeezing work into the small cracks of free time isn't … [Read more...]

Old Slides into Sculpture

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I was excited to find a bounty of blank slides when we visited SCRAP (San Francisco's answer to a re-use center for artists and educators) a few weeks ago. I wasn't sure what we'd do with them, but it didn't matter because resourceful children always know just what these sorts of things are for. My 3 year old colored some of the slides with Sharpies and then taped them … [Read more...]

Sugar Cube Sculpture

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We made sugar cube sculptures. What a fun and surprising lesson in building, painting, and dissolving! Materials Box of sugar cubes Glue bottle Sturdy base to glue onto Paint in squeezy bottles Boxes of sugar cubers were harder to find than I thought, but I ultimately found them at our big supermarket (and bought 2!). We used scrap wood for the base, basic … [Read more...]

Gumdrop Sculptures

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The provocation: A bowl of gumdrops and a handful of toothpicks. The first question: "Can I eat these?" Oh yeah, I guess they do kind of look like a snack. The second provocation (after we each ate a gumdrop, just to get that elephant out of the room): A square base of four gumdrops, attached together with four toothpicks, and one more toothpick sticking … [Read more...]

Colander Sculpture

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This surprisingly fun sculptural activity kept my 33 month old engaged for a long while. And the added bonus is that it's also great for strengthening fine-motor skills, making color choices, and developing spatial understanding by making sense of the exterior and interior of an object. The set up A handful of pipe cleaners and a colander on a low table. N wasn't … [Read more...]