When I saw this fabulous activity at Filth Wizardry (and while you’re there check out their gorgeous new baby girl!!) I really wanted to try it with my kids over the holidays. When I went to the craft shop to buy icy-pole sticks I was blown away by how expensive they were, considering how many we’d need, so I kind of put the wood constructions idea on hold. I began to think about what else we could use to build small constructions and sculptures with and a bin full of building scraps caught my eye. I hauled the bin full of wood off cuts and cardboard tubes to the shed and fired up my trusty bandsaw.
Sawing wood into randomly sized pieces is strangely therapeutic. I wandered out to the shed to cut up stuff at least once a day for about a week until we had two big buckets full of interesting scraps, and yesterday I bought them inside.
The big kids had a fabulous time creating and sticking things together with the hot glue guns. For more than an hour they constructed houses, windmills, robots and more…
This was the first time my kids had used a hot glue gun. Those things can get hot, so I was a little reluctant, but inspired by other bloggers who’d all given it a go. Everyone managed the glue guns really well without injury, even my four year old!
Here are a few things we learnt about using the hot glue guns –
- Get low heat glue guns if you can – the tips don’t get nearly as hot as the traditional type
- Having one glue gun per child is better than having to share.
- Using a power board in the middle of the table worked well for plugging more than one glue gun and not having cords in the way.
- Designating one big flat piece of wood as the gun rest was a good idea.
- A wet face washer on hand to quickly wipe off any glue that gets on fingers will save small burns.
We have about half a bucket of bits left and loads more I can cut up so we’ll definitely do this again. Not only lots of fun creating but also a great way to recycle our building waste!