We love open-ended process-oriented art projects here at The Messy Artist, and this 3D paper sculpture project gets high marks on both counts. We often read a Dr Seuss book before we start to get the kids imaginations inspired and fired up. Oh The places You’ll Go has lots of interesting scenes, as do many other Seuss books.
Age Level: 3- 5 and up
- Building 3D paper sculptures
- Encouraging children to build up and not flat
- Working on folding, cutting and gluing skills
- Encouraging experimentation in building
- 12” x 18” sheet of black construction paper, one per child
- strips of many colors of construction paper in varying lengths and thicknesses
- glue sticks
- Cut construction paper into strips, ¼’ – 1” thick, at least 6 inches long
- Write children’s names on stickers (to be put on projects)
- Prepare sample project
If you wish, read aloud to the children the book Oh The Places You’ll Go by Dr Seuss.
Show the children the sample project. Explain to them that they will be building their own fantastic creation out of paper today.
Let the children get started, and walk around to help if any is needed. Encourage them to create as crazy a structure as they wish. This project can take up as much time as the children have interest in it.