Found Object Art | Junk Critters

Found Object Art - Make a Junk Critter | Tinkerlab.com

I'm a huge fan of breathing new life into long-lost materials, and I've been making found object art pieces like these since I was a kid. Last weekend my friend, Danielle, and were in Napa to lead a fun, fast-paced Maker Session at the California Association of Museums annual conference. For our workshop we brought these cool hands-on maker kits that my kids oohed and … [Read more...]

Sugar Cube Sculpture

sugar cube sculpture

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

provocation

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

look underneath

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...]

Recycled Sculpture

really tall

How to make a recycled Sculpture with kids What you see here is one of the most successful art projects that's hit our household thus far. And it was free! What was the allure? Working on a large scale Low heat Glue Gun. Piles of imagination-building materials Collecting objects Autonomy with decision-making A novel project. Supplies for Recycled … [Read more...]