How to Make a 3D Eye With Materials
If you are teaching human anatomy to elementary-age students, you can make the curriculum more interactive by providing the kids with a hands-on model of a human body part, such as an eye. Although you can buy a 3-D eye model from an educational supply company, it can be costly. One solution is to make your own 3-D eye model out of a few basic craft materials that can be purchased from an art store.
Things You'll Need
- 8-inch diameter foam ball
- White acrylic paint
- Foam paintbrush
- Brown modeling clay
- Black modeling clay
- 2-inch round lens from an old pair of glasses
- Hot glue gun
Hold the foam ball in one hand. Push and press the unsharpened end of a pencil into the foam ball to make a 2-inch-wide, 2-inch-deep hole.
Paint the outside of the foam ball with white acrylic paint, using a foam paintbrush. Allow the paint to dry for 1 hour.
Press a ball of brown modeling clay into the hole for the iris of the eye.
Press a 1-inch circle of black modeling clay into the iris for the pupil of the eye.
Squeeze a thin line of hot glue around the hole, using a hot glue gun. Press the circular lens over the hole and onto the glue. Allow the glue to cool for 5 minutes before displaying the 3-D eye model.
- Students can make their own 3D Eye with provided materials.
- Children under the age of 12 should not use a hot glue gun.
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