PACKAGING MATERIAL BUDDY – Sculpture, Space, Balance

Students learn how to join three-dimensional objects as they create an imaginary buddy using various shaped Styrofoam packaging materials, coloured glue, markers, crayons and a variety of 3-dimensional objects.

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PACKAGING MATERIAL BUDDY – Sculpture, Space, Balance


  • Crayola White Glue
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Crayola Broad Line Markers
  • Crayola Coloured Glue
  • Crayola Glitter Glue
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Crayola Crayons
  • Toothpicks
  • Foam Sticks
  • Corks
  • Styrofoam Packaging Materials
  • Wooden Stir Sticks
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Beads


Step 1
  1. Choose a Styrofoam shape for the main part of your buddy sculpture.
  2. Draw on it using markers and crayons.
  3. Think of all the things you can use to make your buddy interesting.
Step 2
  1. Wrap a pipe cleaner around a pencil or the handle of a paint brush.
  2. Pull it off gently so it stays curled.
  3. Stick the twisted pipe cleaner into the Styrofoam.
Step 3
  1. Paint coloured glue on parts of the shape.
Step 4
  1. Stick a toothpick into the Styrofoam.
  2. Add some beads.
  3. Place a drop of glue on top of the last bead to hold it in place.
Step 5
  1. Gently insert a toothpick into the end of a foam stick.
  2. Leave about half the toothpick sticking out.
  3. Insert the toothpick into the Styrofoam.
Step 6
  1. Join other objects to the Styrofoam using toothpicks and glue.
  2. Keep adding details to make every part of your buddy sculpture interesting.
  3. Give your buddy sculpture a name.
  4. Look at your buddy sculpture from all sides.
    - What kinds of shapes do you see?
    - What kind of energy do you feel from the details in your sculpture?

    ​- What do you see that makes you say that?
    - What do you like the best about this sculpture? Why?
    - Who would love this sculpture? Why?
  5. Find shape words in the classroom.
Illustrated Crayon Character