How to Make Paper-Mache

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Paper-mache is a great activity for children to participate in. It encourages creativity and while it is a bit messy, it helps kids to enjoy learning while they play.

To make paper-mache you need:

3 cups cold water

1 1/2 cup flour

oil of peppermint

Newspaper strips

coat hangers bent into a form or another “form” for the paper-mache

Directions for Making Paper-Mache:

  1. An adult needs to cook the flour and water over low heat on the stove. This will thicken the mixture into a creamy consistency.
  2. After the mixture is cooked to the proper consistency, it should be allowed to cool before adding a few drops of the peppermint oil to help preserve the mixture.
  3. While the adult is cooking the paste, the children should be tearing long strips out of the newspaper.
  4. Dipping the newspaper strips into the paste, the children should then begin to cover the frame. As the form begins to take shape, each layer needs to be allowed to dry completely before adding more. This means that this project may take some time.

Some great ideas for paper-mache include creating a bust of someone famous (or the child!), a globe, a pinata, and anything else the child may come up with.

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