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Preschool Paper Sculpture

Posted by: Rhonda April 17, 2018

Sometimes the simplest materials generate the most creativity. A mentor of mine did this activity once a week with her 3-year-old class.  The development of their techniques and creativity was astonishing to watch (not to mention the subsequent development of their fine motor skills).

Give each child a large, stiff piece of paper or cardboard. Supply colored paper strips, scissors, glue, and this one instruction: “Change the strip of paper in some way before you glue it on.”

By twisting, folding, bending, snipping, or curling the paper strips, kids soon discover that they can make circles, arches, bumpy stairs, or wiggly lines. Playgrounds, monsters, or rainbows soon emerge, each creation as unique as the next.

For further discussion on child-directed art, read this article