Inspire Creativity

You can introduce this activity to your child by reminding them of sculptures they may have seen in their community.  Give your child a piece of Styrofoam to use as the base of the sculpture.  Show your child all the different materials they can use to build their sculpture.  Encourage your child to share their ideas about how they will create their sculpture.  As your child tests their ideas, encourage your child to share what they have discovered with you.


  • Strips of Construction Paper
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Staples
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Chunk of Styrofoam
  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Markers
  • Pom-Poms
  • Beads
  • Any Materials You Have Around the House!

Age-appropriate Adaptations:

  • Two-year-olds—Provide less materials, those that lend themselves more easily to a three-dimensional project.  For example, only the pipe cleaners and a Styrofoam base. 
  • Three-year-olds—Have your child name the colors they used in their sculpture for you.
  • Four-/Five-year-olds—Challenge your child to draw a picture of their sculpture when they are finished.

Skills Supported:

  • Aesthetic: An appreciation for visual arts and enjoyment of the sensory experience.
  • Fine motor skills: With use of materials, tools and techniques.