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Muddy Faces

Make your own Nature Block Scavenger Friend

Our Nature Block Scavenger Friends are so cute!! Why not make your own?

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Introduction

All you need is a piece of wood and a few tools and you can bring a small piece of wood to life as a 'Scavenger Friend' and take it on some adventures!


What you'll need

  • lengths of wood
  • saw
  • knife/mallet
  • palm drill
  • natural materials
  • pen/pencil/paint

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Environmental Considerations

Consider the environmental impact of preparing, carrying out & completing this activity. Could this impact be reduced? Specific considerations for this activity could include:

  • source of wood
  • leave no trace

Health & Safety Considerations

Follow your usual operating procedures and carry out appropriate risk benefit assessments.
Some considerations particular to this activity include:

  • tool use
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Step #1 Choose your piece of wood and cut it to length

Create a cylinder with flat ends so that one end can be used to stand your Scavenger Friend upright.

Using a saw horse helps to keep a longer piece of wood steady whilst sawing.

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Step #2 Create a flat surface for a horizontal piece

Stand the cylinder of wood upright on a flat surface and use a knife and mallet to 'slice' off a section. Alternatively, you could use a billhook.

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Step #3 Cut a feature/face

Use a saw to make an angular feature to create a face and mark on features if you want to.

Top Tip: Whilst working with smaller pieces of wood use a clamp to secure.

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Step #4 Drill holes to add your own features

Use a palm drill or a hand drill to create your holes.

See our drilling guides for more advice.

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Step #5 Add the detail

Use any natural materials to create ears, horns, tails, legs etc.

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Step #6 Take your Scavenger Friend on an outdoor adventure!

Look at our tool use guides below for more information on using drills and clamps:

Guide to palm drills

Perfect as an introduction to tool use and for children to practise the skill of drilling.

Read More about Guide to palm drills

Drill a wooden disc

How to drill a hole in a disc using a rotary hand drill or a palm drill - a great starting point for a variety of activities.

Read More about Drill a wooden disc

Drilling a pole

How to make a simple hole in a pole - useful for all sorts of projects.

Read More about Drilling a pole

Take it further

It’s super fun and satisfying to make your own Scavenger Friends but we know not everyone has the time or resources to do this – which is why you can buy a collection of 10 ready-made Scavenger Friends from our shop:

Scavenger Friends - Set of 10

£21.99 exVAT

These Nature Block creatures have been developed for open interpretation and could be anything the children wish them to be such as: animals, monsters, aliens, people or just a nature friend to explore the outdoors with. Each scavenger friend has holes in ...


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Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.



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