This lesson is thanks to Use Your Coloured Pencils. They are inspired by Aboriginal Fibre Sculptures made by the Tjanpi Desert Weavers in Western Australia. You can read about them here. We had so much fun making these!
To make these we scrunched up newspaper, held it in place with masking tape (and sometimes wooden skewers) and then wrapped jute twine around the form. To finish them off we wrapped them with coloured wool and added beads, google eyes, felt or pipe cleaners. I asked the children to try and do Australian animals.
All my classes made these so we managed this project with children aged 6 to 12. The younger children needed help with attaching limbs and heads and the wrapping of small parts or the curved parts of the body. Some of these were finished in just one lesson, some took two lessons.
I just love how these turned out. I've managed to snap some quick photos as they went out of the door as most children wanted to take them home immediately!