It seems like often my projects get done after my kids’ projects do! My kids recently entered the National Reflections competition. I wouldn’t call any of us (including me) artistic. So, when my six year old was crazy animated about entering an art competition, inside I cringed a little. But of course I’m always up for a project, if he played by my rules. First, is it must be done by the child (I am against helping them too much!) Second, make it something you love. Well, for my son, he loves to hike. We talked about a few options and came up with this:
- 1×3 piece of wood
- 2 pieces of plexi glass
- paint (any color) and brush
- saw, table saw
- wood clue
- wood screws
He started by having his uncle (thanks Jason!) cut two 1/4″ deep cuts 1/” inch from the edge with his table saw. That’s where the plexi glass slid into place. You can see those cuts here:
Then he cut his 1×3 into pieces to make a square (two 14″ and two 13.25″ pieces). Painted the wood pieces (he chose the black). He glued and clamped three sides together. He then cut the plexi glass to fit into each side and slid it in, allowing the correct space on the top for the lid.
We went on a few hikes and he gathered different colored dirt/sand from around our desert town. I happen to think the desert sand is beautiful with different shades of red, but it is a far cry from the deep rich brown dirt I grew up with. He put each sand collection into a different ziploc. He poured all the sand in, glued the lid on the top and… won first place in the 3D Art division!
Great job kiddo!
Try this project, it was so fun to do with my child and seemed easier to me than drawing something!