This is such a fun and easy craft. The only materials needed are some toilet rolls and some large beverage bottles.
We make a hole in the center of the toilet roll and insert it in this manner with some hot glue.
In order to strengthen the sculpture, I paper mache the sculptures.
Once both the layers of paper mache are dry, you can enjoy painting your cats in various colors and patterns. Add two triangle flaps on the head of the sculpture. Add a few smaller triangles – to give depth.
You can fill various colors, patterns and design.
Your sculpture is ready.
Parents can use this lockdown period to make such enjoyable crafts with their kids. Not only does this craft teach them the concepts of sculptures, pattern, colors and paper mache, but it also gets them to think out-of-the box. It encourages them to understand about recycling – even without actually knowing the basic concept of recycling.
I don’t blame them (kids of this generation), but when we were little, we were quite resourceful with our supplies. Not all of us had doll houses, so some of us designed our own little homes with note book covers or cardboard. We even pretended our pencils were ‘people’ and dressed them with ribbons as clothes in class.
Infact we had one class for Arts and Craft class which was partially non-existent !! Ours was a academically inclined (rota system) school. I don’t ever recall having any one year, where we were ‘TAUGHT’ or encouraged to draw, paint, sketch, build, papercraft or anything. I just remember 3 classes in grade 6 or 7, I think, when a teacher taught us to sew. I LOVED it. Ironically, Today, Its the only medium I have the least exposure to 🙂 I can only sew buttons, hem stitch or sew some cushion covers.
Craft is the best medium which switches on a latent light in a child’s brain. All he needs is some imagination. Unfortunately – children are getting so accustomed to being served fast foods premade ‘imaginations’ thru their ipads.
Most kids today, have craft kits or assembled toys. When my boys were much younger, I would take them over to Hamleys in Dubai. (Not to shop there) It was a feast for the eyes. Such a bright and happy place – its almost a fantasy world for a child. However, I feel, imagination is the best fantasy world for children. And crafts are what help them bring forth their ideas into reality.
Since most parents of kindergarten and elementary schools have been spending time with their children in their online studies, this summer and I hope they realize, just how important arts and crafts are for younger and older children as well.
Unfortunately, it has been taking the back seat in most schools. I truly hope, our education system as well as parents enforce a more elaborate and inclusive art and craft curriculum.
Were you creative as a child ?
I loved, drawing, sketching, sculpture with clay, and of course lego building. And you ?
Sketching was second nature to me, but it infuriated my mom, coz all the last pages of my note books had tiny and large sketches and doodles. I suppose, it worried her that I may not be paying attention in class and doodling away.
In so many ways, it was my friend. It did not judge me, it helped me float my thoughts and kept me company when friends were far and few in between. It was my outlet. Did you ever feel that way ?
My next project tomorrow will also be on simple and quirky sculptures on wire.
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