September 24, 2010

To Do: Woody Wood Dough!

You have to put this on your to do list if you teach little ones! It is so much fun, I promise you won't regret it. 

"A Castle"

"The sun rising" and "A face cake because tomorrow's my birthday!"

Woody Wood Dough is dough made with sawdust, flour, liquid starch and water. It has a gritty texture and dries as hard as a piece of wood. I collect wood things for the kids to make their sculptures with. I have found this dough works best as the base for an additive sculpture. If you have another idea of how to use it let me know PLEASE!

1 cup of sifted sawdust (I get mine at Lowes from the wood cutting vacuum) 
1/2 cup of four
1 Tbs. liquid starch
1 cup of water

Mix all ingredients until a stiff dough is formed.
Dry for 2-3 days.

I hope you noticed this art work is "labeled."  I ask students what they are making and if they can't write I "label" or "title" the art work. This helps with their literacy and communication skills. Many of the little ones will start to be able to read back their own labels because they "wrote" it! I label their art work with no outside help (shout out to me!) I also think it makes their work more meaningful because adults actually interact with it instead of just walking by and saying "that's nice." It CAN be done I promise just wear your sneakers that day!


Phyl said...

Love it, love it, LOVE IT! I love giving the kids 3-D experience and this one seems like a good easy one-day plan. I'm going to try mixing some of this and play around with it. I'll let you know what I think.

Unknown said...

Can't wait to hear your ideas on it Phyl.

Anonymous said...

I love your site Erica! I have already used some of your fabulous ideas with my 1st & 3rd graders. This wood dough sounds so cool. I just had a couple of questions: How far in advance do you make it? And do you form a ball on the plate for them and then let them add stuff to it? Or what's the best way to divide it out? We do art in their regular carpeted classroom and I try not to leave too much of a mess on the floors. Thanks again for your great projects!

Unknown said...

Thanks for reading!

I divided the dough out right then and there. I have an hour with the kids so it gives me time to wash my hands after and get around to label the work. I made it the night before once and another time I made it right in front of the class! That was a challenge to manage because we all had a turn stirring and it took 20 minutes to make leaving 20 to make their creation and about 10-15 for clean up and line up (I tend to give my kids enough time to clean up because I like things to be calm at the end of class) and I like them to do it themselves.

I think it stores for a few days in a ziplock but once I left it a week and it grew some fuzzy mold!

Good luck with those floors. Might work as a station with plastic underneath?

Lauren said...

Thanks so much for your suggestions. I have gathered the sawdust and I hope to tackle this project next week. Wish me luck:)

Unknown said...

Oh good! Lauren this is so much fun. I didn't collect any wood stuff this year:( so I can't do it unless I think of another way I want to use the dough. I'm thinking of pressing it into bowl forms as molds with older kids. . . not sure what I could connect that with for a lesson though.

It dries so hard which is surprising. Add an extra squirt of glue to the mix for good measure:) Post pics Ppppleeasse! What's your blog it's not painted paper is it? I think that's Laura not Lauren.