A Stone Age-inspired crafts
An ideal activity for Key Stage 2 - Stone Age Topic
As part of my classes recent Prehistory topic I decided I wanted to move our learning onto a different level and begin to develop a more practical approach to the work produced in class.
It is always pretty cool to learn and discover new things from books, the Internet and also together with each other, but the practical and creative side of things - children always love. So, to support their learning and curiosity further, I am going to explain all about what I did, in order to make some amazing Stone Age Tools.
What materials you will need to make your Stone Age Tools?
There are obviously many variations on what you could use, but here is what we came up with.
You will need:
Papier-mâché paste or PVA Glue and water
How to make a Stone Age Axe KS2 School Project
1. We started off with a cardboard structure to give strength and shape to our design. Make sure that the cardboard is not too thick, as it can be tricky to cut or shape. A cereal box is ideal.
2. Once cut or shaped into what we wanted, we then decided to the seal all of the visible edges with tape. This ultimately made the structure safe, strong, secure and ready to be covered with the papier-mâché.
3. To achieve this and strengthen the structure further, we ripped newspaper into appropriated sized pieces. Some big, for the bigger sections and some smaller ones for the intricate bits.
4. Next, we mixed some PVA glue with water in order to provide the liquid part of the papier-mâché. Remember to mix the two liquids together carefully as they do have a tendency to separate.
5. Then, we carefully dipped the newspaper into the liquid mixture. By covering the paper evenly this helped form the basis for us to then use it and stick it even to the cardboard structure.
*NOTE don't use too much liquid as it can soften the structure underneath.
6. Make sure you cover the structure well and then leave to dry thoroughly. We used a drying rack and in no time at all they were dry.
7. Next, get your paints ready and mix in a little glue. * The glue adds further strength and also gives a nice glossy finish to your work.
8. Paint thoroughly and then let it dry.
9. Finally, once it is fully dry you can add any extras to your work, in order to make it more authentic and eye-catching.
Once we had completed the activity our weapons formed part of a display that was supported with additional written work. This included a day in the life of a Stone Aged man, how to build the perfect Stone Age house and what you might eat at a Stone Aged banquet.
Working together, it was a lot of fun. It was an activity that was easy to resource and implement. All children enjoyed it, and as you would expect, it further ignited that creative spark.
Thanks for reading!