Easy Wood Sculptures with Kids
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How to Make Easy Wood Sculptures for Kids

How to Make Simple Wood Sculptures with Kids
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We love buying ourselves a box o’ wood bits—something we’ve done a few times over the years—and turning them into wood sculptures, toys, and 3-D collages.

This time Daphne and Emily (ages 5 and 6) made wood sculptures and Maia (age 9) create dolls/people.

If your kids are into wood, working 3-D, or if they haven’t done something like this yet, give this a try.

Here are some simple instructions and tips…

Easy Wood Sculptures with Kids

Easy Wood Sculptures for Kids


Wood bits for wood sculptures

*A note about wood :: We bought this bag of wood bits from Discount School Supply (and the wood shapes included are always different) but you can cut your own wood pieces or ask a woodworker for wood scraps.

*A note about paint :: We used Activity paint this time but have done this in the past with liquid watercolors and with acrylic paint.


Easy Wood Sculptures with Kids

1. Glue wood pieces to the base as desired. Let dry.

Painting the Wood Sculptures

2.  Paint. Let dry.

3. Add detail with Sharpies if desired. Dots, stripes, faces, abstract designs, anything that suits your fancy.

The kids can take this wood sculpture idea any direction they like, by the way.

How to Make Simple Wood People Sculptures with Kids

Maia created a number of small wooden figurines or dolls from the wood pieces.

How to Make Easy Wood Sculptures with Kids

Daphne towered as many wood bits as she could into a vertical sculpture.

Kids painted wood sculpture

And Emily created more of a horizontal sculpture piece.

Making wood sculptures with kids

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    June 16, 2015 at 4:37 am

    What a great idea, thanks or the inspiration.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    June 16, 2015 at 5:09 am

    You’re welcome, Lucy!

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    June 17, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    I did this years ago with my students- ages 4-5. I gave them cool temp glue guns- taught them how to use them safely- and the creations they made were fantastic! I recommend the glue guns because the glue hardens quickly and the frustration of waiting for it to dry is eliminated. We also added metals bits, like nuts, bolts, screws. I was able to get all of this stuff at our local Re-Store, a place where they sell used building supplies. Everything we used was recycled- and very cheap.

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    August 12, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    soo glad I have found this site, my kids and I are going to have soo much fun learning!!!! thank you.

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    October 15, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    i ordered the box of wood bits from discount school supply and was very disappointed they looked nothing like yours. Did you purchase other items? The ones we received were so big ?

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      Jean Van't Hul
      October 15, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      We’ve gotten them a few times, Laura, and the wood bits look different each time we get them. It’s always a surprise, which is good for us, because it means new shapes to work with. But I’m sorry if you were expecting exactly what was pictured here.

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    March 1, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    How many sculptures (roughly) would one box from DSS cover? I want to do this project for an Art Fest auction coming up for 16 individual students. I’m thinking I will need a lot of wooden pieces!

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      Jean Van't Hul
      March 4, 2018 at 5:19 am

      Hmmm… It depends on how big the sculptures are. I think you could get one box to squeak by for 16 smaller sculptures if you maybe supplemented with a few other items (craft sticks, pom poms, paints, etc) but if you have the budget, maybe 2 boxes would be better. By the way, I’ve started seeing similar boxes of wood bits at places like AC Moore and Michaels craft stores recently (near the plaster of paris and modeling clay, I think). And if I remember correctly, their prices were pretty good. You might want to check that option out.

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