Tip: Creating paper mache with toddlers
I wanted to create paper mache with my toddlers, but I wasn’t sure if it was too advanced for them. I found this craft idea through Pinterest and The Chocolate Muffin Tree website.
The Chocolate Muffin Tree Egg Shaped Lanterns-
I like this craft because it is simple. You just wrap yarn around the balloon. Spread glue on the balloon with a brush, and then just place the tissue paper on to the balloon. I learned that you have to make sure your yarn is long enough to wrap around the balloon. Some of the pieces I cut were a little short. We still used them, but it was harder to keep on the balloon. Also, larger tissue paper works better than smaller pieces (covers more of the balloon).
Activity: Mixed colors
You could overlap the colors of tissue paper to “mix” them and discuss what new color was made with the first two colors.
You could use different types of balloons to create different shapes. You can discuss the different shapes you have made. I wonder if you could usedifferent plastic containers (just have to figure out how to extract the yarn off of the plastic…).
Activity: Create a story
You could make the lantern and then create a story such as…
-a kid who uses them in their village
-a kid makes one for a celebration/holiday
-a kid who makes one in memory of someone they love who is gone
Activity: Just for fun
Just create one for fun viewing! 🙂