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.
- Clear a space.
- Protect any delicate surfaces with old newspapers
- Lay out all the materials and the glue and tape.
- Put aprons or old shirts on the children
- Then sit back and be amazed by what they are creating.
With junk modelling, there are no rules as long as it’s safe.