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Make your own Nature Block Scavenger Friend

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

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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

Palm drills are perfect to use with children as an introduction to tool use in woodwork and simple activities.

Read More about Guide to palm drills

Drill a wooden disc

A simple and fun tool activity for young children using a rotary hand drill or a palm drill.

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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

£29.99 exVAT

These Nature Block creatures have been developed for small world play and imaginative play. Designed 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 ...

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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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