Stick Sculpture

After Mr 2’s birthday there were lots of new and exciting gifts to open.  Several toys were wired into boxes with clear coated wires about 20cm each in length.  I kept them, figuring they would come in handy for something.  It’s a teacher thing – we can’t help ourselves!!

The kids collected a nice bunch of sticks from the backyard the other day, and we played around with them for a while before deciding to turn them into a “sculpture”.  (This is a word Miss 4 knows from visiting the Art Gallery and exploring different mediums with her artist-Nanna.)  My daughter’s first suggestion was to attach the sticks to each other with sticky tape.  We discussed whether sticky tape would hold very well to the bark and wood, and decided string would be better.  When we went to get some string, we discovered the wires!  Perfect!!

Wiring the sticks together was fiddly for a four year old, but fantastic for fine motor skill development.  She put the sticks and wires where she wanted them, and I just tightened up the joints.  It was also her idea to add some feathers into the joints, and I think the final result is rather lovely.

The sculpture is sitting on top of a skinny cabinet in the hallway just beside the back door.  This Ikea cabinet is fabulous because everyone in the family has their own drawer for outside boots and hats!  The birdcage decals run right along the hallway, so my daughter’s addition of feathers to the sticks seems just right.

10 thoughts on “Stick Sculpture

  1. How cute. It looks great. I especially like the addition of the feathers. What a wonderful idea.

    Love the idea of using those annoying plastic coated wires for something useful too. Why didn’t I ever think of that? I’ve tossed out 100s of them over the past decade. :-(

  2. Very sweet, but can I just say I soooo love the draw per kids Idea. I have four draws and three kids. I’m going to allocate them one each after reading your post, for their hats, sunnies, leapsters, headphones and other bits and pieces. Love it!
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  3. Love that you kept the wires. After my son’s birthday I kept the (Thomas the Tank Engine) boxes to cut up and use for later projects but didn’t think of keeping the wire! We have the same Ikea cabinet too – very handy and sadly the only thing we have FIXED to the wall. We are very unhandy in the DIY department!!
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  4. This is great! I have a bag of different types of wire that I always have with me when I visit schools and nurseries and deliver training. It is just right for little hands – my favourite is anodised wire which comes in a range of pretty colours and foam-covered wire which will come in handy should I ever need to curl my hair!
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