Tuesday, September 14, 2010

straw sculpture

One of our lovely parents was generous enough to donate to us a large box of straws. I added some to our collage materials and put the rest into a sensory table in the atrium.

In no time at all they ended up in these wonderful wads:

The wads got bigger and bigger!

Unfortunately, they were getting all over the ground and it was very difficult to clean up without getting dirt and wood chips mixed in. I told the children I would move the table to a better surface so that we wouldn't have to worry about cleaning up so much.

The next day we moved the table. I thought the wads of straws were so interesting I brought out a large piece of cardboard from our recycle room and we added the wads to the cardboard. I thought we would do some individual sculptures but everyone wanted to add to it.

We added just about every single straw and it kept growing and growing!

Until finally it looked like this:

This is what they had to say:

E: It's a big, puffy, prickly, mountain.
S: It look like Willis Tower and the little tower.
S: It looks like a tiki hut.
J:  We made a bridge!
R: It's the three little pigs!

The end!


  1. It reminds me of one of the sculptures on campus, only pink.

  2. i was looking online ideas for sculptures and I think these are amazing. they look quite contemporary. beautiful

    i would like to know how did you do, or what did you use, to make the straws stick together.

    thanks so much! : )

  3. it was simple, a boat load of spray adhesive! the children would toss on some straws, and i would spray like crazy, toss on some straws, spray like crazy. luckily we were in the atrium which has plenty of ventilation.

  4. awesome thanks so much for your quick response. i will use this as an inspiration sometime in college, im an architecture and design student. congrats these are amazing! :)

  5. This is such a very cool idea. I had no idea that straws would do that!

  6. I'm an elementary art teacher and am always looking for GOOD preschool art lessons. I linked a blog post on my blog, ArtForIttyBittes, to this post. I hope you don't mind. Let me know if you prefer I remove it. Thanks. jan http://artforittybitties.blogspot.com/2011/02/straw-sculpture.html


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