Building structures is something kids innately enjoy. Think of the hours spent on Lego’s, blocks, and Lincoln logs. Building is fun and satisfying. Now we’re going to replace the blocks with straws, yes, straws. These fun, sculptures for kids come together super quickly due to their construction with just pipe cleaners and straws. That’s all ya’ need!
No adhesive is in sight. There’s not even any paint to clean up. Get ready to build!
Gather your supplies….
This is so easy. And for those of you that are “mess averse” this is for you. All you need are;
I used pretty paper straws because I have an addiction to pretty paper products and cannot resist them. You can use any straw you have plenty of on hand. The only requirement is you need to be able to cut through them easily with scissors.
The basic idea behind this sculpture is that the entire thing is constructed by threading pipe cleaners through straws. The entire thing is connected internally.
Start by snipping a straw into halves. Thread a pipe cleaner through this piece of straw. As in the photo above, take a second pipe cleaner and twist it around the pipe cleaner sticking out of the straw. Now you have three pipe cleaners coming out of the end of this straw.
Make it bigger, better, stronger…
Keep threading, twisting, and building. Linking parts together will make your structure come together and may make it easier to stand.
Allowing for balance and viewing angle are part of the fun.
Sculptures for kids are all fun, no pressure…
These sculptures are non-representational. That means they don’t necessarily represent anything in particular. I love this kind of art for kids. It encourages them to dive in and start making rather than worrying that it “doesn’t look right.” Hook your kids with art activities that provide an outlet for creativity but don’t require technical skill.
I firmly believe that allowing kids to experience joy in making is the best visual arts education you can give your child. Technical skill, vocabulary, art history knowledge; all of that can come later. And it will come if kids grow to see the arts as a something that bring them joy and relate to their lives.
Build up, build out, and then share it! I love seeing what my readers are making at home!