Found Friday: Cardboard Sculptures

Found_FridayIt’s time for Found Friday! These are the Fridays when Cari, Jess and I bring you some ideas we have for library centers. Some of them might be ones that we’ve tried and others are inspiration we’ve found that might make great centers!

I have one to share that I have tried (and my students love) and two ideas for those naturalists you teach.

First up are Cardboard Sculptures. I follow Cardboard Dad on Pinterest. Essentially he posts all of these wonderful creations that can be made with cardboard, but that *I* could never make with cardboard! Because of my interest (but lack of skill) in this area, I was immediately intrigued by this pin that I found for simple cardboard sculptures.
If you have a good paper cutter, it is a cinch to cut a box into a large pile of squares in just a few minutes. Cut down the seams of each side of the box until you have large panels. Then trim off ends so each panel has a length in multiples of 3. Start cutting three inch strips and then three inch squares. Take your large pile of cardboard squares home, watch a bit of TV (my favorite way to do tasks like this), and snip out small notches.

When my students got this center the next day the first thing they wanted to build was the Great Wall of China. My 2nd graders were in the midst of studying Ancient China and they were ready to put their academic knowledge to work!



After using the cardboard sculpture center for a few weeks I stumbled across this pin:
RF_FF_coloredsculpture“Ooooh,” my brain thought, “pretty colors!” I’m considering putting my Sharpies to work adding color to the squares I have already made. I could let the students do it, but why should they have all the fun?!

While beginning to plan for our Library Centers Kits in my district, a few friends and I were searching the web planning out the centers we wanted from several disciplines in each of our 12 centers kits. Coincidentally I found two ideas from the same website. The first we are gamely calling “Who Pooped This?”

RF_FF_scatOh yes, it really is! Welcome to the world of animal scat!

We’re going to put together a center for students to explore the scat of 11 common animals. We’ll probably add a short text about each animal, a write-on-wipe-off matching checklist, and an answer key. I imagine students will love/hate this center!

As part of the same project I was doing a search for Native American games and found a link to Native American Stick Dice directions. Kind of funny that it’s from the same site as the scat. I think Nature-Watch might be worth a bit more exploration for other center ideas! I’ve made 6 sets of stick dice and will probably make a few more. Because we will be rotating kits, I want to make sure there are spare parts as needed for restocking supplies throughout the year.
RF_FF_stickdiceWhile the site is essentially selling 25 blank craft sticks for $6, there is a PDF with directions for decorating your stick dice, and for several versions of the game. I’m thinking you can find some craft sticks somewhere else…just maybe?


  1. I’m not sure I could handle the poop center but I LOVE the cardboard sculptures! I will define be doing that next year!

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