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Lesson Plans


Re: Wire sculptures/foil guys

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John & Sandra Barrick (astroboy)
Sun, 20 Sep 1998 09:38:06 -0400


Okay even kids as young as 4 can do this. My four year old in the
back seat (while I was driving) kept talking about foilman.
Apparently he had been saving all the little pieces of foil from gum
wrappers(in his car seat) and when he had enough, he made it into a
little man. Kind of pathetic to fight with against a big brother's
toy but I thought very creative(well in his stocking this year he
will get(you got it) a roll of aluminum foil.(HE HE HE). So then I
was thinking, foil is so cheap,but even kids with little money
could use a pack of gum foil. I think making a transportation unit
with only foil and their hands as tools.
They could come up with different styles of cars. Many poorer
countries make things out of tin.
In fact as a child I use to make rocking chairs out of a soda
cans. I'd cut one end off and then make a tool out of a twig. about
4" or so and slice the inside(kind of looked like tweezers.(Yes I
was crazy even as a child). I cut(with scissors) strips about a 1/4
of an inch all up to about 3/4 of the way up a can and then
use my tool to twist up and curl ends. You can form into any
shape,but for some reason I made rocking chairs. I think I was
around 8 and I never cut myself. I have no idea how I came up with
this. In fact I forgot until now. Another lesson would be to make
imaginary tools,sorta inventions. Can use various materials etc.
Also they could make drawing proposals for the tools,with sketches.
Well just a thought this early Sunday morning.

Sandra