One of our favourite go to activities involves pulling out some recycled materials and craft supplies then using these to create some imaginative pieces.

Picture 30 creating sculptures with recycled materials and craft supplies

Sometimes the inspiration strikes immediately and one of my children will be inspired by a particular resource to create a certain piece; other times pieces evolve and plans change.¬† It doesn’t matter whether a clear vision is present at the outset. It’s all about using your imagination to come up with ways to use the resources and often in ways other than they are intended to be used. Problem solving is at the heart of this and often there is a whole lot of trial and error involved in coming up with solutions.

Creating sculptures with recycled materials and craft supplies - Creative Play Central blog

Some of the creations which have also been enjoyed and used for storytelling include:

Miss Eight’s horse. Miss Eight is very interested in horses at the moment. This interest sparked her imagination to use some boxes to create a free standing horse.

Picture 92 sculpture with recycled materials and craft supplies - horse

Miss Eight also made a character.

Picture 13 sculpture with recycled materials and craft supplies

Master Six also decided on an animal theme for his creation. His interest in dogs is still strong so he was keen to transform a box into a dog.

Picture 35 sculptures with recycled materials and craft supplies - puppy

Miss Four wanted to make a paper cup character with feathers in the top of the head. Miss Four chose the pieces to make the facial features and together we secured them to the cup. Miss Four named this character Bandy!

Picture 110 sculptures with recycled materials and craft supplies - cup character

A couple of our collaborative creations included:

The base for piece featured below is a non-slip mat (purchased from a $2 shop and is used for sewing). We tied it together to create a cylinder and this became a fun base to add bits and pieces to create a character. The best way to secure pieces to this was to thread them onto the non slip mat (most of the pieces are secured with pipe cleaners).

Picture 56 sculpture with recycled materials and craft supplies - non slip mat clown

and another favourite collaborative effort:

Master Six wanted to use a paint tray in a creation. We brainstormed several ideas and all three children thought it could be good for a body for an animal. The next challenge was working out how to add legs. We trialled a few ideas and then decided to insert some slits into the paper cups so that  the tray could slot into the base of the cups. A cup was also used for the head. A party hat turned out to be a good beak.

Picture 80 sculptures with recycled materials and craft supplies - non slip mat - clown

This type of sculpture challenge always has my children engaged for a long period of time and is definitely worth trying.