Junk modelling

This is great for helping children understand shapes, textures and different materials. It will also help the child to exercise their creativity, inventiveness and problem solving.

You will need:

  • Empty egg boxes, shoe-boxes, cereal boxes, cardboard rolls, anything not too big (it’s likely to be part of your home for a while but if you have the space, by all means let your children create the next Titanic!).
  • It’s easier to decorate cardboard than plastic, but there’s no reason you can’t have clean plastic bottles and yoghurt pots too.
  • Some PVA glue, lots of rolls of sticky tape.
  • Some old magazines
  • Paints, foil, old bottle tops, dried pasta, scraps of materials.

What to do:

The key here is to let the children take the lead. 

  1. Clear a space.
  2. Protect any delicate surfaces with old newspapers 
  3. Lay out all the materials and the glue and tape.
  4. Put aprons or old shirts on the children
  5. Then sit back and be amazed by what they are creating.

With junk modelling, there are no rules as long as it’s safe.



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