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Carving Like the Inuits

December 30, 2011

Stone carving in the style of the Inuits.

 

 

 

 

 

Carving Like the Inuits

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!

Materials:

  • bar of soap
  • plastic knife

Steps:

  • Let your child decide on the design.
  • To make it easier for your child, 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.
  • 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.
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