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Scrap wood sculpture?

Scrap wood sculpture? With a pile of scrap wood, your child can produce a menagerie of critters like these. As unrelated as they might seem, all are based on simple wheeled platforms. A teen-age sibling can cut these from scrap, put on the wheels, and help a younger brother or sister customize the creatures.

Animals with sharp angles or small glue-on parts might not be safe for a toddler to play with; for very young children, think of these as sculptures, not toys.

For the building blocks, odd shapes inspire the most creativity--just remember to think small. We cut up dowels for sturdy legs or whiskers, molding for eyebrows and other body details, and tongue depressors for scales or fur. Round drawer pulls are great for heads and facial features; wooden screw caps can turn into tiny eyes or noses. Clamp wood to the table during cutting.

For the bases, we used 5- by 7-inch rectangles of 1/2-inch plywood and 1-1/2-inch-diameter wood wheels bought at a craft store for about 50 cents each. A large-head roofing nail (1-1/2 inches long) holds each wheel in place.

To assemble the beasts, you'll need a coping or keyhole saw for minor alterations. Also have on hand wood glue, poster or acrylic paints, and small foam or bristle paintbrushes.

Building block by block

A great rainy-day project for a herd of kids, the construction of the animals should take place on a table covered with butcher paper or newspaper.

Give each child a base to start with, then turn them all loose on the scrap pile. If they want adjustments, an adult should make any that require a saw.

The most frustrating part of the project for young sculptors is waiting for the glue to dry; consider scheduling a snack or lunch between gluing and painting. A glue gun is faster, but should be used only by an adult. A hair dryer can speed drying time. Seal each painted beast with a clear mat spray.
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