You might have sharpened a pencil and, without a thought, thrown those pencil shavings in the bin. Or perhaps, like me, you and your children were sharpening sticks the other day and you thought that the shavings would make perfect tinder for a fire.
Before you throw away or burn your shavings, consider using them in a craft activity first.
There are plenty of wonderful pencil shaving crafts on Pinterest. When I saw how naturally pretty the shavings were from our sharpened sticks, I wanted to create pictures using these wood shavings too.
It’s easy to sharpen a stick. Just grab a stick that’s of similar thickness to a pencil and sharpen it!
Here’s what I made (with my children’s help) using the wood shavings.
Don’t throw away those sharp sticks either. We used the sharp sticks in a painting and writing activity.
Mermaid. This one was by far their favourite.
Owl. The brown shavings create a perfect fluffy-looking owl.
Mushrooms. I couldn’t help but make this one myself. I do love mushrooms.
Tree. The girls put this one together themselves.
Butterfly. This is my personal favourite. I love that tiny bit of moss on the bottom right hand corner of the wing.
Whether you draw the pictures and your children place the shavings around the drawing or they do it all themselves, this activity is a must. Just sharpen a stick and get started!