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Summer Fun Day #3: Create something out of papier-mâché

Help the kids make and decorate a creation out of papier-mâché.

papier machePapier-mâché is a cheap and fun craft that allows kids to create their own sculpture. To save on expensive crafting materials, you can make your own homemade papier-mâché out of flour, water and newspaper. Mix flour and water in a bowl until it has a goopy consistency and then dip in strips of newspaper.

Balloons make a great base to cover with the papier-mâché strips. You can also tape together empty soda cans, bottles, cartons or whatever you have to create different shapes to cover. When putting on the papier-mâché, be sure to keep the surface as smooth as possible for easy decorating, and cover the surface of the creation in three layers to make sure it is sturdy and will hold up on its own.

If using a balloon, once the papier-mâché dries, pop the balloon. A balloon that is half covered could become a mask, while a balloon that is completely covered could be a dragon’s egg or an animal. Let your child’s imagination run wild with painting and decorating the creation. You can use googly eyes, polka dots, glitter — anything goes!

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