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How to Make Easy Wood Sculptures for Kids

by Jean Van't Hul
June 15, 2015
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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How to Make Easy Wood Sculptures with Kids Using Wood Bits and Scrap Wood

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