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Inuit Carving

January 6, 2011

Bear sculpture

An Inuit carved polar bear.







Your child can carve snowmen, penguins, igloos or whatever they would like into a bar of soap. You can use those bars of soap from your last hotel stay!


  • bar of soap
  • plastic knife


  • Let your child decide on the design.
  • To make it easier for them, have them draw out the design on paper and use it as a guide.
  • Using a plastic knife makes it difficult to carve curves, so suggest making a design consisting primarily of straight edges – this will make it easier to carve.
  • Use a plastic knife to carve the soap.
  • Show how to carve away from the body. This is a good habit to get into, especially if your child moves on to using sharper knives or tools.
  • Then put on some calm music and get out the hot cocoa – this project can’t be rushed and takes a bit of patience.
  • It’s better to hold the bar of soap in the palm of one hand while the other one gentle saws back and forth creating the design.
  • When they are done, they’ll have a piece of art similar to the carvings in ivory done by the Inuit.
Carved soap.

Soap carved into a car!

If your child wants to learn more about the one of a kind art, Inuit Art Sculptures is a great place to check.

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2 Responses to Inuit Carving

  1. Joshuas Law on February 1, 2011 at 5:28 am

    Wow, very nice way to make children engage in some sort of work, which they are interested, really this blog helping me to do some carzy things which always liked by my child & helping in learning something new.

    • Cynthia on February 13, 2011 at 1:54 pm


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