I've gathered some recycled items together for a sculpture invitation. When creating an invitation, spending some time thinking about the presentation pays off in increased engagement for the child. I cut my toilet paper tubes in quarters, cut apart a drink carrier, and cut up an egg carton. Which is more appealing - the jumble of materials in the box, or the neat rows?
I also put glue in a bowl with a brush. This can help with the over zealous bottle squeezing that sometimes happens with inexperienced gluers. It also allows the child to be very intentional about where the glue will end up.
I will give my artist directions to keep their sculpture process inside the rectangle box. This will contain the mess and also challenge the child to build up instead of out. This invitation could easily become a two (or more) day project - once dry tomorrow, more shapes could be added to go taller, or paint or markers could be added for colors.
Art Studio teacher