This colourful and super simple wire sculpture project will give your kids a creative workout! Read on to find out what you’ll need and how to encourage kids to create something truly beautiful!
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I absolutely love how easy these fun foam wire sculptures are to make. Kids as young as preschoolers can make them with supervision and yet they still appeal to older children because of their open-ended nature.
They also look super pretty decorating a window ledge, so don’t be surprised if your child wants to experiment and make more than one!
Wire Sculpture Materials:
- A variety of colours of craft foam
- A roll of silver craft wire
- A couple cups of playdough or air dry clay, any colour
- A clean metal or plastic lid from a jar
- Wire cutters (if your wire is a thicker gauge that scissors won’t cut easily)
How to Make the Wire Sculptures
Step 1: Prepare the Foam Shapes
Have your child cut the fun foam into a variety of small shapes using whatever colours they like.
Encourage them to experiment with different shapes including squares, triangles, circles, leaf shapes, spirals, flowers, etc. Kids can be as creative here as they want!
Step 2: Create the Base
Take a handful of playdough or air-dry clay and make it into a rough ball shape. Then press the ball gently into the lid to make a base for the sculpture.
Your child can smooth the dough/clay around the outside of the lid if they like, or keep the lid showing.
Step 3: Cut the Wires
Cut 3-4 different lengths of wire for each sculpture. There is no right or wrong length, but longer lengths will create taller sculptures.
Step 4: Thread the Sculpture
Stick one end of a wire into the playdough. Then show your child how to thread the foam shapes onto the wire by gently pushing the wire through the foam.
Let your child decide how many foam shapes they want to thread on each wire. Encourage them to bend the end of the wire back into the dough to secure the wire.
You can add as many wires as you like!
Encourage your child to experiment with bending and shaping the wires as much as they like. Try curving them, looping them, crossing them or creating zig zags!