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Packing Peanuts + Glue = Sculpture

Packing Peanuts + Glue = Sculpture
Messiness: Medium
Age Range: 2y - 9y
Estimated Time: <30 mins

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Jami Milton
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Being a busy parent with an infant, I love the convenience of online shopping, but don't always enjoy the packing material collateral. My favorite packing materials are long sheets of paper, since they are the perfect table cover for messy projects. My least favorite are foam packing peanuts since their recycling potential is more limited.

How We Did It

Packing Peanuts + Glue = Sculpture

I invite my son to get busy making whatever he wants with the two ingredients. I set him up outside and let him run with it.

Packing Peanuts + Glue = Sculpture

It was only after watching him for a few minutes that I see the full advantage in this simple-minded idea. Reflecting on many of our gluing projects before, he loves to use TOO MUCH glue. But with this project, there's no such thing as too much!

He squeezes the glue again and again, as much as he wants. The actual building up of foam peanuts is a clear second in priority to more and more squeezing and drizzling of glue. The foam peanuts are coated, and his fingers are sticky.

Packing Peanuts + Glue = Sculpture

They've become so sticky, that he's not able to make much progress on the actual sculpting part. So I ask him if he'd like to wash his hands, and get some help with the sculpting. He wants both.

Packing Peanuts + Glue = Sculpture
Together, we make our "Dr. Seuss Castle". OK, fine, this isn't high-level art. But it's an easy way to upcycle, and at least temporarily our castle gets the honor of being our dining table center piece.

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