Great way to illustrate the 3 R’s! Reduce. Reuse. Recycle!
For paper mache:
- Large bowl
- Recycled paper or scrap paper cut into strips
For the Earth:
- Dried paper mache shape
- Paint – blue and green
- Plastic plate or tray (washable)
- Plastic cup of water (washable)
- In a large bowl mix equal parts water and flour (example: 1/2 flour = 1/2 water)
- Blow up the balloon to the size you want to make your Earth.
- Dip a strip of paper into the mixture.
- Wrap the strip around the balloon.
- Repeat until the entire balloon is covered. Be careful avoid saturating your creation with too much of the mixture. Put enough to help the paper stick uniformly, but avoid large clumps of the gluing mixture. This will make your project uneven and is difficult to dry.
- Hang to dry. Clothes pin attached to the balloon works great! Make sure there is a paper towel to catch any of the gluing mixture that drips off during drying.
- When your project is completely dry, paint your Earth using the blue and green paints. This doesn’t have to look like the actual Earth. You can allow your child to create their own world that they can take care of.
- Hang to dry.
- When your project is completely dry, pop the balloon and throw away. Because the paper mache is hard, it will retain the shape of the balloon by itself.
Suggested project uses
This project can be used in the following ways:
- Use to supplement Earth Day discussions and lesson plans
- Can use this method to create paper mache Easter eggs to paint and decorate. My original plan was to create an Easter tree with the eggs we created, supplementing the story I read called The Egg Tree.
Here is a list of things you can talk about while doing this project with your child:
- The concepts of the 3 R’s
- Ask you child how they think the project shows them how to do the 3 R’s
- While your child is painting, have them describe to you how they would take care of their Earth. Talk about different ways they can help keep the Earth cleans and healthy.
While working on this project, your child will be practicing the following skills:
- Gross and Fine motor skills
- Science and Health
- Earth Day!
- Social responsibility