Program: Messy Time
Library: Dowagiac District Library (MI)
With summer reading just kicking off, we’ve started a weekly messy-time program at my new library. For our first messy craft, we made papier mache balloons. This was a fairly straight forward craft, but quite a lot of work. It certainly made a mess!
This craft was very process-based, meaning that the fun comes more from the process of making than the end result. It’s ok if your balloon ends up a bit crinkled–in fact, it’s very likely that it will happen. This is also a great sensory craft for kids who need texture.
Here’s what you need:
- Papier mache mixture (2 part glue, 1 part water)
- Torn up newspaper (enough for 3 layers)
Here’s what you do:
- Blow up the balloon. Smaller balloons are easier to papier mache for young children.
- Dip the strips of newspaper in the paste mix.
- Put the soaked newspaper on the balloon.
- Repeat process until there are about three layers of newspaper on the balloon. It is easiest if you balance the balloon on a paper bowl.
- Let the papier mache dry.
- Come back next week to paint and make into hot air balloons.
Next week, we’ll paint the balloons with paper cups and string them together to make a hot air balloon. Come join us!