A special thanks to my son’s kindergarten teacher who did this project with their class!
Many of you know how to do paper mache and have done your own paper mache projects. There are two different recipes you can try when creating your own paper mache “gloop”!
RECIPE #1 - more sticky, dries quicker, less stiff/hard when dried
Mix 75% white glue and 25% water.
RECIPE #2 – messier, gloppy, takes longer to dry, much harder when dried
Mix 1/2 tsp. salt, and equal parts water and flour. The ratio isn’t exact – just mix it together till it’s liquidy. Chunks are OK – just swipe them off of the newspaper.
Blow up a balloon and tie it off. Then dip strips of newspaper into your paper mache mix and wrap it around the balloon! Let it dry. Make sure all of the balloon is covered except for the tip where you tie the balloon up! After it has dried for about 2 days you can pop the balloon! Paint the entire “balloon” paper mache project black and let dry. Then paint a large white belly in the front! Glue on an orange paper nose and google eyes.
To make the feet sturdy enough for your penguin to stand use a heavy cardboard or foam board painted orange (or covered with construction paper). Voila! The cutest little penguin! Want to create some more animals? Check out the books below!