Wooden Spoons at The Coombes School

15 July 2010 · 3 comments

in Art & Music Outdoors

I really like making the most of every bit of space in an outdoor area. Trees are of particular value because the space around their base, the bark and the branches are all opportunities for displays and studies. By coincidence, Squiggle Mum has recently written a lovely post about how her children made a butterfly tree in the overhanging branches of a bush near their fence.

Here’s a lovely art project that makes a super outdoor display that I like because it’s so doable by one teacher with a large class of children. Hanging from an aspen tree in The Coombes School playground were lots of wooden spoons.

The children had to make their wooden spoon into a character of their choice. First they had to design the clothes and faces. If you notice the drawings are the same size as the spoons!

The children then used a variety of different materials, pens and wool to create their characters. Here’s some of the results…

I liked the combination of the paper ideas and the wooden spoons displayed outside together.

Finally, the children in Years 1 & 2 came outside to write a story about their wooden spoon characters.

I can see so much potential in this activity. The wooden spoons would link beautifully into a historical project or to illustrate a story, which can then be re-told through a wooden spoon puppet show. If you have few or no trees but have lots of fences instead, then you might find my campaign to give ugly fences a makeover useful for more ideas about 3D displays.

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SquiggleMum July 16, 2010 at 02:42

I love the hanging spoons! What an excellent art installation.

(Thanks for the shout out too… must just be the week for hanging things from trees!)


Debi July 16, 2010 at 06:52

Love this idea – I think my 5 1/2 year old would love it. He’d be especially proud to see his own creation hanging in a tree in our backyard. Thanks for sharing!


Teacher Tom July 16, 2010 at 16:14

I was going to say that Catherine. Lots of things hanging from trees this week!

This is great idea, one I fully intend to steal, Juliet!


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