3-D Foam Strip Sculpture Activity for Kids

Here is a super simple building and design challenge for kids that is great for promoting creativity and fine motor skills: 3-D foam strip sculptures.  Simply cut some slits into foam strips and get busy creating all kinds of cool creations! (This activity also provides cutting practice!)

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3-D Foam Sculpture Project for Kids~ BuggyandBuddy.com


See it in action!



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Theo and I had been using some foam sheets for cutting practice (the foam is the perfect thickness for little hands to practice scissor skills). When we were done we were wondering what to do with all our leftover pieces and discovered we could use them to create cool 3-D sculptures! (This post contains affiliate links.)


3-D Foam Strip Sculpture Art for Kids


I’ve had the foam pieces sitting out in a tray for a few weeks. The kids can sit quietly and create when the mood strikes and even take their sculptures apart and reuse the pieces over and over.


3-D Foam Strip Sculpture Art for Kids

3-D Foam Strip Sculpture Project for Kids

Materials for 3-D Foam Strip Sculptures

  • Foam sheets cut into 1 1/2 inch wide strips. (like these- Foam Sheets)
  • Scissors


Directions for 3-D Foam Strip Sculptures

1. Cut your foam sheets into strips. I cut all ours to be 1 1/2 inches wide and in different lengths.


2. Cut small slits on both sides of your strip, going to the halfway mark.


cut slits into your foam strips


3. Connect the strips by placing two snipped areas together.


connect the foam strips to create your design


4. Use them to create all kinds of cool abstract art!


3-D Foam Strip Sculpture Art for Kids~ BuggyandBuddy.com


5. When you’re done you can take them apart and reuse them again and again.


3-D Foam Strip Sculpture Art for Kids



  • Like I mentioned earlier, the strips are the perfect size for cutting practice. Theo and I sat together to make the small cuts in each piece. We worked on holding the scissors properly as we cut.

cutting practice using foam strips

  • You can also do this project using construction paper or thick cardstock.


Building Activity for Kids: 3-D Foam Strip Sculptures

sculpture activity for kids using foam


Art for Children: Easy Design and Building Activity for Kids 3-D Sculptures Using Foam Strips- Fun art project that provides fine motor practice, cutting practice, and encourages creativity!  ~ BuggyandBuddy.com

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