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Level: Primary, Junior, Middle School, High School
Grades: K and up | Age: 5yrs and up | Written by: Andrea Mulder-Slater
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Start with a a box of wood scraps to create a masterpiece.





What You Need:
What You Do:

  1. Lay out a pile of wood scraps on the floor and encourage your kinderartists to pick and choose a number of pieces each.

  2. As they move the wood pieces around, your kinderartists will begin to see shapes and creatures appearing. The object here is not to create a sculpture of anything in particular, but rather to explore and investigate shapes interacting with one another.

  3. Once there are some ideas floating around, the pieces of wood can be attached to one another to make wonderful sculpture.

  4. Younger kinderartists should be encouraged to work with glue and with adult help, they can use screws to fit the wood together.

  5. Older artists can use nails and hammers to build up their sculptures.

  6. Using paintbrushes and sponges, kinderartists can color their sculpture by applying the tempera wood stain (see recipe at the bottom of this lesson).

  7. Finally, found object embellishments can be added to complete the picture.

How to Make Tempera Wood Stain

It would be a pity to use thick and gooey paint to cover up the wonderful designs and patterns found in the wood grain. At the same time, using wood stain is just not practical in a classroom or other enclosed area as the fumes can be quite toxic. The solution? A non-toxic, water-based tempera wood stain. Here we go...



Recommended Books/Products:

The Scrap Wood Box

The Scrap Wood Box

A 10-pound carton of wood scraps of all sizes and thicknesses. Excellent bargain for creating your own wood sculpture or design.

Kid's Guide to Crafts : Wood Projects (Kid's Guide to Crafts)
by Tim Bramlett, Deborah Yonick
This new series of children's crafting books offers a variety of projects for children seven and older. Each book includes crafts at several levels of complexity for children of different ages and abilities.


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