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 for Kids
- Wood pieces*
- Wood glue (best) or white school glue (okay)
- Sturdy cardboard, matboard, or a flat wood piece for a base
- Paint (optional)
- Sharpie markers (optional)
*A note about wood :: We bought this box 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.
1. Glue wood pieces to the base as desired. Let dry.
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.
Maia created a number of small wooden figurines or dolls from the wood pieces.
Daphne towered as many wood bits as she could into a vertical sculpture.
And Emily created more of a horizontal sculpture piece.
More Wood Sculptures for Kids
- DIY wooden blocks… melted crayon on wood
- A 3-D wood collage
- Wood scrap sculptures with the art group
- A love letter on wood
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