I love working with paper mache! It is so easy for young kids to create something amazing. With my kids, I have made pinatas and one year we even made a paper mache pig. The other day they wanted to try to make something different, so we decided to make paper mache bowls! We used materials that we had at home. I cut up some old sheets of paper that my kids had doodled on – every day is earth day, my kids reminded me. For the mix, I used flour and water. We added a bit of food colouring to the mix, just for fun. The consistency should be like melted ice cream or a bit thicker.
We tried to put a few layers on each of our balloons. The more layers you put, the thicker and harder it will become, but 2-4 layers is usually plenty. Both of my kids covered their balloons independently, which makes me like this activity even more. They end up with a creation that they know they created on their own.
After covering the balloons, we left them to dry. I had initially used cups to hold the balloons, but they kept tipping so we used larger bowls. After they were completely dry, we popped the balloons and started painting!
I love the bowls that we ended up with. My kids experimented by adding sparkles to the paint and even sequins. Everyone was proud of their paper mache bowls – or hats as my daughter decided she had actually made. This activity is very messy, but so worth it!
40 minute activity time only includes the actual creation of the bowls. Allow for another 20+ minutes to paint and decorate once dry.