Rainy Day Paper Mache with the Kids!
Looking for a great Rainy Day Project with the kids? Good Ol’ Fashioned Paper Mache never gets old! The kids will love getting a little messy and the options are endless! What will you design today?? The little ones might delight in keeping it simple with a paper mache volcano or take it to the next level by making a paper mache piñata, birdhouse, Holiday décor, or simply let creativity guide you!
In order to keep the mess to a minimum, choose your work area and then cover it with a plastic tablecloth. Keep some rags and clean water on hand as well. This is the kind of project that kids will love to get their hands into but could be slightly grossed out by at first as well, so be prepared for some laughs and extra trips to the sink throughout the process!
Here’s All You Need:
Newspaper or magazines
Mixing bowls and wooden spoons
Plastic cup for volcano
Balloon (optional) needed of making a piñata, Easter, egg, birdhouse, etc.
Plastic bowl for balloon to rest on (optional)
Tray to work on
Here’s What You Do:
Decide what you are making. If you are working with little ones and don’t have tons of time, then I recommend starting with a volcano. This is a really fun and educational project that takes long enough to have fun but not so long you will lose the kids’ attention. You can decorate the volcano with leaves and branches, moss etc. and can therefore do this project without having to allow time for it to dry completely. Once the volcano is completed and decorated, See also the So Good At Life Post as to how to make the erupting volcano.
If this is a project with older kids, then you can opt for something more involved like a Pinata, Easter Eggs, Lollipops, Holiday décor, or whatever your little artist decides! Keep in mind that projects that will be painted require drying time and will therefore be done in stages so this just might be a great project for Spring Break.
Before you mix the mache, you need the paper. Give each child a stack of newspaper or magazines and have them rip strips that are about 1 1/2 inches wide (though random sizes also work well so this is fun and easy for little hands.)
While there are different recipes for Paper Mache, I prefer to keep it easy by using just flour and water. Mix 1 part flour with 1 part water and you are good to go. (I usually add a tad extra flour say 1 1/4 cup flour to 1 cup water.) This is an awesome exercise in measuring so I love that the kids are learning while having fun! Be sure to mix in extra large bowls and preferably give each child their own. Mix the flour and water to a paste. Decide if you will be making one giant project or if each child will make their own. The final project (s) should be done on a tray to keep things organized.
Then simply dip the strips of paper in the paste and begin to sculpt.
If you are making a volcano, I suggest using a cup as the base and forming the paper mache around it. The cup will make it easy to form the volcano and later add your ingredients for eruption!
If you are creating a Pinata, Easter Egg, lollipop, balloon, bowl, lantern or other some other décor, you will want to inflate a balloon and use this as your base form to wrap the paper mache around. For these projects, You will complete the mache until you have a solid item. Then allow to dry completely before applying any paint. You might want to layer tape in over seems for extra support.
Once your form is complete, you will need to let it dry completely before adding any paint. For the Volcano, you can then just decorate with natural items and continue on to the project of creating an active volcano!
Check out our Pinterest Board for more awesome paper mache ideas!