Amazing, Bending Wood - FamilyEducation

Amazing, Bending Wood

by Jill Dvornik

Become an expert craftsman with your child -- learn how wood bends and make art at the same time!

iMagstn.gifAge: 3 and up
Time: 2 hours
Type of Activity: Arts and Crafts

Have you ever wondered how the wood in your furniture can bend without breaking? Well now you and your child can become expert craftsmen and bend wood yourselves!

Materials Needed

  • Popsicle sticks
  • A bowl of hot water
  • Rubber bands
  • Glue
  • Cardboard (optional)

    What To Do

    Step One: Soak the popsicle sticks in water for about a half an hour.

    Step Two: Take the sticks out of the water (make sure to test the water to see if it's too hot) and gently bend them into shapes.

    Step Three: Wrap a rubber band around each molded stick to hold the shape.

    Step Four: Let the wood dry for about an hour.

    Step Five: Remove the rubber band.

    Step Six: Your child can decorate the sticks or glue a bunch together to make different designs. Using a piece of heavy cardboard paper, she can glue the sticks in a design to create her own mural!