We spend a lot of time creating art around here. While we were moving I stumbled upon a pack of crazy straws tucked in our craft supplies, and I remembered that I bought them a long time ago after seeing this “glass” sculpture idea from Life with Moore Babies. We decided to take a break from unpacking to relax and create. This simple art activity is an engaging way for kids to create their own sculptures.
Easy Sculpture Art for Kids
All you need for this activity is a set of crazy straws and some styrofoam shapes. I twisted the straws to break them into bits because I found it easier than using my cutters, but experiment to see which is best for you. Styrofoam shapes can often be found at Dollar Tree.
This activity involves many skills preschoolers are working on. First placing the straws into the styrofoam is a helpful way to practice fine motor skills.
Kids also get the chance to explore balance and work on planning skills as they experiment to get the shapes to stand, especially spheres.
After finding the best placement to get her sphere to stand, Lovey also experimented with hanging additional straws and balancing them to add to the top of her sculpture.
And don’t forget pretend play. After creating their sculptures, the girls continued playing as they acted out stories with their sculpture creatures.
After we admired their sculptures for about a week we decided to repurpose our materials, and the girls painted the styrofoam. It’s also good to remember that you can extend the life of craft materials by repurposing them again and again.