Wooden spoons are a great blank canvas for puppets and crazy characters. You probably have a few extras in your kitchen drawer, but they’re also easy to find at the local dollar store. We picked up a pack of 4 spoons and made it a family craft – you’ll see each has a different style. These would also be a good birthday party activity where the project becomes the goody-bag substitute.
Paints and brushes
Crafty bits, ribbon and fabric scraps, odds and ends
Scissors, glue (hot glue gun definitely helps!)
Time: 5-20 minutes (these can be super quick or very involved!)
Start by painting the spoons; basic craft paints dry quickly on the wood, so there’s no wait time. Then, you can add the fun stuff. We started with the faces to give our spoons a bit of character. Then we found all sorts of interesting odds and ends in our house, such as buttons and felt. In terms of getting stuff to stick, a hot glue gun makes almost anything possible, though white glue or masking tape works too. Wire, ribbon or fabric bits are a great alternative to adhesives, and often offer a much more creative way to attach other elements. For example, tie on a bit of felt and tuck in feathers or sprigs of cut paper. After we designed for a bit, we set the spoons aside. Then we picked them up against the next day and had lots of fun adding more parts. This is an easy project that can take as little or as much time as you like.
Have on hand for next Friday’s project:
Wire coat hangers & wire cutter (or a strong pair of scissors)
Colored paper, scissors & glue
Curious Jane, founded by contributor Samantha Razook Murphy, offers project-based after-school programs and summer camps, revolving around creativity in the arts and sciences.