Activity:

3-D Art Project

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What You Need:

  • cardboard
  • pencil
  • markers
  • fabric scraps, various colors
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun

What You Do:

  1. Heat up the hot glue gun, so it will be ready in a few minutes.
  2. Have your child draw a sun outline in pencil on the cardboard. Later she’ll fill in the outline with fabric “crunches.”
  3. Help her cut pieces of yellow fabric into 1 inch by 1 inch squares.
  4. When the hot glue is ready, put a drop of glue on the back of a fabric square. Then let her fold up or “scrunch” the fabric around the glue dot. The glue will help hold the fabric into a scrunched-up piece.
  5. Your child can carefully use the glue gun to put some glue inside the sun shape, and then push the scrunched-up fabric piece onto that spot of glue. Hold the fabric in place until it feels tightly glued to the cardboard.
  6. Let her repeat steps #4 and 5 for all the pieces of fabric until the sun shape is filled. Voila! She has a three-dimensional image of the sun!
  7. She can use sharpies or regular markers to fill in the cardboard around the sun, for example with clouds, sky, or a rainbow.

A similar process can be used if she’d like to make Fabric Crunch Art of a flower or a rainbow or some other picture design. Just remember to start with a pencil outline which can be filled in with colored fabric crunches. Let her hang her new artwork and enjoy!

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