I was feeling really brave last week when I decided to tackle paper-mache with my son!
As a parent, I have a love/hate relationship with messes.
BUT I am happy to say... the LOVE part wins out when I realize how this kind of sensory activity can be one of the greatest joys of childhood!
(I know, I remember!)
Therefore, we threw the smocks on, rolled up our sleeves and dove in!
After all, our Earth Day Celebration wouldn't feel complete without building a model of our big blue planet itself, in tribute.
|For Paper Mache part we used: flour and water mixed to a thick-like soup. We dipped strips of newspaper in the paper-mache, removed excess pulp with our fingers, and then placed on round balloon. We built it up 3 layers thick.|
|Mixing up the paste|
|Placing the strips. Bode LOVED this part! He was very careful to lay them on flat and smooth them out.|
|After the paper-mache dried, we sanded down the surface to smooth it out.|
|Painting gesso on to prepare surface for paint.|
|It was a nice day, so we took the acrylic paints outside, and painted the "Earth" blue.|
|Our Earths drying|
|I let each side dry and then we turned it over to do the other side.|