From Superkids by Jean Marzollo - Illustrations by Irene Trivas

Many of the activities on these pages may require adult supervision.
Be sure to tell a grown-up about what you're planning and ask for permission before getting started.

2 different kinds of sculpture.


1. Yarn Sculpture Casting

Blow up a few balloons of different shapes and tie them together to make an animal or any other design. Or, if you want, use just one balloon to make one solid shape. Next, cut yarn (or string) into 15 to 20 lengths about as long as your arm. Soak one piece of yarn at a time in a bowl of white glue or liquid starch. Run the yarn through your fingers to get out the excess liquid, then wrap the yarn around the balloon. Continue until you think you have enough string to form a solid structure. Dry for 48 hours, at least. Pop the balloon and gently remove it.
Tie a string to the top or middle of your sculpture and hang it so it can move freely.


yarn sculpture illustration

2. Construction

Start with a solid base of wood, cork, ceiling tile, or Styrofoam. Add shapes, fastening them together with nails, glue, wire, or tape. Be imaginative. Use all sorts of found objects, such as nuts, bolts, sticks, pebbles, shells, broken utensils, toothpicks, paper clips, spools, macaroni, yarn, or paper. Construct a design or something fanciful, like a macaroni tree, a fairy castle, or a magical winged beast.


construction sculpture illustration


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Based on the book SUPERKIDS: Creative Learning Activities for Children 5-15
Text © Jean Marzollo, Illustrations © Irene Trivas

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