Animal Carvings!

We got to make a fun (and messy) craft today – historically, the Inuit people of Canada carved images of animals that they hunted or in traditional myths/stories that they told, or as toys for their children.  They used materials that they find in their own environment such as wood, soapstone, bone, animal teeth, and ivory.  Today the Inuit make carvings as works of art to sell and support their families.  Carving an actual animal shape in a bar of soap proved to be a little challenging, so after Plan A we moved on to Plan B which involved scratching a design into the soap and then painting it.  Much better!  The boys had fun and they should smell really good for a few days – LOL :)!

We read about William and Catherine Booth who began the Salvation Army,  in our Hero Tales book.   The kids then wrote their memory verses from dictation.  We learned about and colored the different provinces of Canada and played the geography game.  In science, we covered producers verses consumers, food chains/webs, and herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores.  It was also P.E. day, so I feel like we accomplished a lot  – yeah!!!

Verse of the Day:  He gives food to the wild animals and feeds the young ravens when they cryPsalm 147:9

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2 thoughts on “Animal Carvings!

  1. Hey Guys!

    Loved the carvings! 🙂 It’s hard to carve a shape out of soap! You did a great job!

    Hope you had fun in P.E!

    I love you,

  2. Thanks for the idea of soap! I have a four year old that his constantly asking to carve his own soapstone bird since he watches his parents carve. New hobby for us. Never thought of using soap. Do you think a four year old could do this safely? Thanks Charlie

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