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!