An Inukshuk is a small pile of stones arranged in the likeness of a person. The Inuit people used them as trail markers, indicating safe passage. Our stones are actually made of Styrofoam and
very light weight.
Age Range: 7 to 12
Grade Range: 1 to 6
Skill Level: Moderate
Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day and Rainy Days
Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Time Needed for Project:
1 hour plus drying time
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam sheets – 1” or 2” thick
- Black and white tissue paper
- Elmer’s® White School Glue
- Wooden skewers
- Sponge brush
- Serrated plastic knife
1. Cut and break Styrofoam sheets into irregular shapes to look like rocks. Vary the size and shape. Be sure to create a few that are extra long. Continue shaping the rocks by pushing and rolling the cut edges against the tabletop or rubbing pieces of Styrofoam together.
2. Tear tissue paper into 2” x 2” rectangles. Make some large and smaller pieces.
3. Push a wooden skewer into each rock to hold while working on it. Mix 2 parts glue and 1 part water. Spread the glue mixture generously all over the rock with the sponge brush. Lay a piece of black tissue paper onto the rock and brush more glue on top of it. Cover the rest of the rocks with black tissue in the same manner.
4. Glue a layer of white tissue over the top of the black tissue in the same manner. Brush on a second layer, firmly flattening any folds and smoothing wrinkles out as much as possible.
5. Place the skewer upright and allow to dry thoroughly – maybe overnight.
6. When all the rocks are dry, remove the skewers. Stack the rocks so they roughly resemble a man with his arms out (see photo). Use the big rocks as feel and legs and the long rocks as arms. Use toothpicks dipped in glue to hold the rocks together, then glue in place.
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