paper mache recipe (a recipe for play in our homeschool)

“mama, i’m not sure i’m a paper mache guy,” he said.  the glue-y goop dripped from his fingers as he slid the newspaper strips through and slapped them onto the balloon.  but we sat together for hours that day the next, using a basic paper mache recipe to make a bowl we wouldn’t use.  and it was fun.

 

homeschool craft ideas a

 

paper mache creates messy, gooey, drippy moments that broke from the everyday.  it creates temporary works of art and magical moments when science happens naturally.

 

paper mache recipe f

 

balloons slowly leak air or makeshift molds don’t release and projects have to be scrapped.  lessons are learned through curiosity and freedom to explore is a gift.

 

paper mache recipe d

 

papermache recipe d

 

the chance for me, too, as mama, to let go of the “have to” and be all-in for the tactile experience of slick, cool flour-and-water paste, is a rare gift.

 

paper mache recipe b

 

adding a drop or two of an essential oil makes it even better, because lavender is relaxing and peppermint is stimulating, and another sense is engaged, awakening further our experience.

 

paper mache recipe a

 

paper mache recipe e

 

this basic recipe for paper mache can also be found in recipe for play, a book we received for review.

 

papermache recipe c

 

flour

water

(amounts vary, but a 1/1 ratio is good, and 1 cup of each gave us more than enough for several projects such is this balloon-mold bowl.)

old newspaper

1-2 drops essential oil such as lavender, if desired

 

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