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Beautiful Stuff


In these activities, you will build several sculptures and explore different ways to connect them, using 3-dimensional objects you find at home.

Grade Levels

PreK – 2



Theme/ Big Idea

What makes something 3-dimensional?

Essential Question

What can you do with interesting objects?


Materials and Tools

  • 3D objects found in your home
  • A piece of cardboard for a base – this can be cut from any box
  • A basket, bag or box to store your collection
  • Optional: camera or paper and pencil to photograph or draw your arrangements

3-Dimensional Object Suggestions 

Shells, buttons, screws and bolts, old keys, paper clips, rubber bands, popsicle sticks, stirring sticks, straws, spools, wood scraps, corks, bottle caps, lids, wire, string, yarn, ribbons, feathers, cotton balls, Q-Tips, tin foil, hair curlers, small cloth remnants, toilet cardboard rolls, egg cartons, empty aluminum cans or anything else you can find


Written by Andrea Burgay, Associate Director of Curriculum and Programs 
With support from Julie Applebaum, Senior Director and Sassy Kohlmeyer, Director of Early Childhood Programs 
Hasna Muhammad, Ed.D., Chair, Board of Directors, Studio in a School Association 
Alison Scott-Williams, President, Studio in a School NYC

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