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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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.)
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 Project for Kids
Materials for 3-D Foam Strip Sculptures
- Foam sheets cut into 1 1/2 inch wide strips. (like these- Foam Sheets)
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.
3. Connect the strips by placing two snipped areas together.
4. Use them to create all kinds of cool abstract art!
5. When you’re done you can take them apart and reuse them again and again.
- 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.
- You can also do this project using construction paper or thick cardstock.