After seeing the very large, very cool Styrobots made by Michael A. Salter using packaging styrofoam, I was inspired to save the packaging material from our new ceiling fan. It sat in a closet until just the right moment.
One afternoon, while Violet was napping and Wren was tired of all the usual things we have to do around the house, I pulled out the styrofoam, a bunch of nails, tacks, u-nails, screws and some tools. Using a serrated knife, I hacked the styrofoam in to different sizes and let Wren get to work. He decided that he was going to make himself some new friends. (he did actually say that)
Here he is with his trusty red hammer. Styrofoam is great for hammering into, it's just like butter.
He also got some practice with the screw driver.
My favorite is the cute little one up front with the smile.
After Violet woke up, we made more toddler friendly versions with pipe cleaners, foam stickers, pom poms and I helped with the glue gun.
This project is mostly about the fun in making rather than something to keep and play with. The nails and things do eventually fall out, which can be a bit of a hazard, but it was well worth it to see the creative juices flowing.