While browsing around looking up craft activities, which were mostly of the Maple leaf or of animals of Canada we read about the Inukshuk stone statues and thought that would be a perfect craft for our studies. I have since looked on the web and there are tons of pictures of these unique art forms. We got to work to learn more about them and how to create some for our school room.
Inukshuk, traditional meanings means "Someone was here" or "you are on the right path." The arrangement of the stones determines the meaning or purpose of the marker. A stone work with arms or legs could mean the direction for navigation, or a passageway. An Inukshuk without arms or with antlers can mean a cache of food is nearby for wary travelers. Still others can represent places of power or higher spiritual beings.
|We thoroughly washed our stones and set them out to dry.|
|It was a bit difficult to stack them without the stones falling so I got out my trusty glue gun and we glued the rocks in place.|
|MarioFan's creation which he said represented a place for a cache of food in the arctic.|
|She said hers represents a higher being or spiritual omen|
|Mine attempt which is a human form called a inunnguaq. I had trouble keeping it upright so I put a couple of little stones behind it to prop it out.|
|I found an old tile in our basement that I thought had a slate look to it and glue all three statues to it and it is now in a place of honor in our classroom.|
While making these the kids remember the Vancouver winter Olympics 2010 mascot was a Inukshuk. Both announced they want to see a real one someday. I thought this was a great craft for older children to make:)