Wood carving, or whittling, is a long-standing tradition for campers and outdoorsmen. It’s also a good exercise in fine motor skills and patience. There are many mediums that can be carved – wood or branches, soap, soft clay or plaster of paris, and vegetables (typically gourds such as pumpkins). And it’s a great project for a long weekend out of school, since it can take plenty of time to finish your project.
- Paper and pencil, to create a blueprint and outline
- A bar of soap, any color
- Plastic silverware or play-doh utensils
- A cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil or wax paper, to catch the shavings
- Soap Carving: For Children of All Ages, Howard K. Suzuki
- Carving for Kids: An Introduction to Woodcarving, Robin Edward Trudel
- A Beginners Guide to Whittling, Bruce Totman
P.S. You can check the calendar tab at the top of the page to see other activities we will be doing throughout the week!