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touching the gluey sculpture as they created it and
immediately washed their hands. Either direction is
perfectly fine. If you allow the children to use exces-
sive amounts of glue, it is best to have a sturdy base
underneath: strong pieces of cardboard or poster
board work nicely. We tinted our eggshells green,
but whether you color the shells is a personal choice.
Giant sculptures are a fun and unique project to try.
The children make a sculpture that imitates some-
thing familiar that they can associate with—yet it
is so big! A friend’s discovery of artist Claes Old-
enburg’s work (a sculptor who creates large-scale
food sculptures) inspired a project the children ab-
solutely love! It is fun and provides several days’
worth of artistic and creative adventure!
Large circle shapes that looked like round paper
pillowcases were purchased from Oriental Trading
Company. We filled the giant circles with crum-
pled newspaper and then taped them shut to keep
them full. On the first day, the children painted the
stuffed circles using rollers and brushes and yel-
low and brown paints of assorted textures. It was
an explorative experience as the children figured
out how to paint what they thought a big pancake
would look like.
Squeezing on the “syrup”
The next day, the pancakes were put out again,
as were different brushes and different shades of
yellow, brown, and orange paints. We created “but-
ter” from cereal boxes: we taped the cereal boxes
closed, and the children painted the boxes yellow
using paint brushes and rollers. When they were
dry, we attached the cereal boxes to the top of the
pancakes. On the third day, we brought out the
squirt bottles and filled them with thinned-out
paint to make “syrup.” This was the moment the
children anticipated the most, because they love
using the squirt bottles and thought squeezing
“syrup” would be fun. One child requested sparkles,
so we brought out the glitter too.
The children loved this project! One of our large
pancake sculptures was later placed in the school
lobby for children and parents to view. It was also
placed in our art exhibit.
Painting a giant “pancake”
Younger children enjoy making wood sculptures
using assorted small pieces of wood and glue.
Squeeze-bottle glue and brushed-on glue both
work well. While the sculptures are drying, it is a
good idea to add a dab or two of wood glue, if nec-
essary, to open areas or cracks in the sculptures to
hold them together more strongly—but be careful
not to dismantle the child’s work. A wood-sculpture
project can last several days. The children could