Last month we were studying Africa and reading tons of books from the library. To round out our introductory study, my kids are in preschool and first grade, we did an awesome papier-mache craft!
The initial idea came from here.
Ours did not turn out nearly as cool as the one in the how-to video I eventually found above, but we had fun none the less! Truth be told, the kids did not LOVE the papier-mache part, surprisingly they didn’t like getting their hands dirty.
Who’s children spend all summer playing with the mud in the back yard?
I did most of the mache part after the first day. They did their whole first layer, but when we started again on the second day, they each got to put on a strip or two before they decided it wasn’t much for them. Of course, the things need four layers, which we only did three of since our newspaper was already white we didn’t need the computer paper layer.
There is also a mistake in the video directions about the water vs. flour mixture. For me, I had to adjust their initial recipe. It was way too thick and way too much considering we had to wait a day to start again after drying.
It was still heaps of fun whether they did the actual mache part after the first day or not! I am not going to lie though, making the shapes on the kids cheetah head, they had to pick African animals to make, was not as easy as it looked in the video. Of course they don’t actually show it in the video…that is probably why.
But the kids loved, loved, LOVED painting them! In fact they woke up the next morning and got more paint out and painted them again!
They would have painted them again, but I think the cheetahs made it out of revision number two looking fabulous!
Here is our final display place on the wall in the school room. They look so awesome. While they did take the whole week to make and ample amounts of flour it was well worth the works of art gracing our wall! The kids are certainly proud every time they take a peek at their creations!
Spill it: What is the most hefty craft you have undertaken with your kiddos? Was it worth it in the end? Or would you have rather quit while you were ahead?Tweet