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Papier-Mâché Making papier-mâché is much easier than one
might think. It can be a messy project, but children
love it. A few different recipes for making papier-
mâché are available. (See two you can try in ap-
pendix B.) Here is a simple papier-mâché project
to create a sphere:
1. Cut or rip newspaper or other paper into strips.
2. Make the mixture.
3. Blow up and tie off the balloons.
4. Dip the paper strips into the papier-mâché
mixture. 5. Make the wet paper strips adhere to the
balloons. 6. Let the papier-mâché dry overnight or longer.
Making a chrysalis
7. Paint the surface.
8. Allow the sculpture to dry and harden. It can
then be cut if desired or left as is.
The possibilities are endless!
Rip the paper instead of cutting it; it makes
the process work more smoothly. Also, for
this younger age group, I sometimes find the glue
mixture recipe (rather than the flour mixture
one) is easier for them to dip the paper into and
is more appealing to them. A friend of mine
taught our group to squeeze out the excess with
their fingers, as shown in the second photo above.
Painting the mountains
Making box sculptures is a favorite project for chil-
dren. With tape and glue to bind them together, use
a variety of boxes of assorted sizes and shapes to
create a sculpture. You may want to plan ahead of
time what the box sculpture will become, or you
may want to simply enjoy the process of sponta-
neously creating it together! Typically, this activity
will take days to work on and complete.
A group box sculpture consists of layers and lay-
ers of creations. Often the younger children enjoy