Paper mache ideas for kids usually involve making a mess, but creating and learning to make something really helps child development and learning. So what does it matter if they make a bit of mess along the way? Here is a fun paper mache craft for you to do with your kids – making paper mache turtles! Read on to find out how to make this paper mache craft, and then find more fun activities and crafts on our Kids' Activities page!
There’s lots to learn through paper mache for kids
Our paper mache recipe for making models of turtles is the perfect craft activity for 5-11 year olds and has all the ingredients your child needs to have fun and learn lots. Making the paper mache turtles will really help to develop their cognitive and problem solving skills –they’ll need to persist with the different elements of this craft in order to produce a good end product. They can design patterns for the turtles’ shells and use practical skills like drawing, cutting, pasting and painting to make their models. This is the type of messy play where they can really focus and express themselves.
Paper mache recipe and ingredients
Before you start looking for paint and brushes, have you got the most important ingredient? You need at least one child with a desire to express themselves and the confidence to get messy with glue and paint. Don’t worry too much about the mess as we have some tips to help you clean up afterwards! Next you need for this paper mache idea:
- 1 plastic or ceramic soup bowl
- Cling film or plastic food wrap
- Old pieces of cardboard
- Old newspaper
- Sticking tape
- Flour (preferably rice flour)
- Water soluble poster paints
- Paint brushes