1. Begin by introducing the winter Olympics. A brainstorming discussion can be led by the teacher to create a list of the events that happen every four years. After the list is created the teacher leads the students into the creation of the aluminum foil sculptures.
2. Each child will need a minimum of two feet of aluminum foil to account for the shrinkage that occurs while sculpting. The teacher starts the demonstration by both cutting the aluminum foil or ripping it to create four long strips. It is important to point out that ripping the aluminum foil often ends up with less precise portions.
3. With the first strip the students need to create a ‘lollipop’’ shape in order to create the neck and torso. This is done by gently squeezing and rolling the aluminum foil into a ball. I highly stress not squeezing too tight or else the material becomes overworked and won’t stick to itself anymore.
4. The next strip needs to be gently squeezed into a long strip, and the same for the third piece. These will become the legs and arms of the sculpture. Take one long strip and wrap it around where the arms belong on the torso and do the same for the legs. They may be very disproportionate but I encourage students to just fold the legs back into themselves to not only make them shorter, but to make them stronger.
5. The kids will need to reinforce the sculpture in a couple of places. I like to tell the students to diaper their sculpture, which often enables the sculpture to be self standing. They then need to wrap the torso with another piece of foil making the upper body strong enough to not topple over as well.