Rainy Day Paper-Mache
by Brenda Hyde
A great rainy day activity to do at the kitchen table!
- 2 cups of cold water
- 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups of flour
- Newspaper, cut into strips that measure about 1x15 inches
- Molded clay or balloon to use as a mold
Mix water and flour in a large bowl with wire whisk until smooth. Mixture should be the same thickness as heavy cream. Coat your mold with one layer of strips which have been dipped in water. The dip the strips in flour mixture and lay over the first layer of strips until the mold is well coated in strips. Let stand until strips are dry and hard. Paint over the strips if you like, and decorate. Let your kids get creative and make whatever strikes their fancy.
Try self portraits for a great time! After the paper-mache is dried, paint it the color of skin, or any color your child requests, and give them a mirror to paint their facial features. Be sure to take a picture of each child holding the "sculpture" they created of their face.
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Brenda Hyde is Mom to three little ones, a freelance writer and editor. For more weekly kid's crafts subscribe to Treehouse Notes by sending a blank email to Parenting_Tipsemail@example.com or visit her at http://seedsofknowledge.com/treehouse.htm
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