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Depending upon how creative or intricate your project, you can use practically anything around the house to create home-made totem pole with children.
Make beautiful eye-catching stunning and colorful sun catchers for the windows. Save the images to your computer and pre-color the images to print onto window decal, magnet sheets and iron-on transfer "paper" or material which is available at any office supply store. Children will enjoy decorating the windows of the home or car with easily removable and transparent window decals. Make Thunderbird and Grizzley Bear and other character magnet totem tokens for children to trade and share.
Print and color these totem characters with Crayola Crayons or Magic markers. Laminate your favorite paper decorations to make permanent or long-lasting ornaments that can be used as unique gifts for relatives and friends.
Apply these patterns to glass etching techniques or creatively sponge paint stenciling designs to trim your walls or ceramics or decorate wooden furniture.
Thomas Elementary Art Blogspot has a wonderful lesson plan for totem pole projects here for 4th grade teachers
Common Household Products
Some basic materials to choose from:
Types of pole designs you could make include walking sticks, wall hangings, signs, masks, hanging mobiles, houses or lodges, greeting cards, costumes, or poles!
Poles or stackable items could include: