When it comes to art and craft, we see an opportunity to create – no matter what the material, place or time. The other day, while I was in the kitchen and Pari was beside me poking her nose in every nook and cranny, I got an idea on a whim. I took out the box of aluminum foil that I normally use to pack ‘rotis’ for Avie’s office lunch. I thought we could make something out of them by twisting, scrunching and shaping.
Aluminium foil, due to its unique stiffness as well as softness and due to the textures when scrunched, can lend itself beautifully to the art of making sculptures. It gives you lot of flexibility. So, kids have another medium besides clay and play-dough to play with. The best part is – it’s not messy at all.
This activity kept busy all through the afternoon. And here are some cute sculptures she made – completely on her own.
The challenge is not to use glue in this craft. But, Pari would not listen and ended up using the glue stick for couple of sculptures including the cow/dog (she said it could be both!).
Man and Dolphin
When making the man, I gave her some tips. First the face should be scrunched up into an oval. Over the face, another piece with a fold should cover like a sheet in a way that half is behind and the other half is in the front. The piece should reach up way down so as to tear it bottom up to make two legs and the top half as body. For arms, one long piece twisted and scrunched up can go around like a scarf just below the neck area.
The fun part with the man sculpture is that the arms and legs can be adjusted to depict different bodily motions – dancing, running, hands up in the air, hands side ways, hands folded into each other!
I can foresee limitless possibilities with aluminium foil/kitchen foil.
This is just the beginning!
I see another idea here – to have the child use these for storytelling. What do you think?