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Paper mache Easter eggs

Duration: any

Age: toddler, child

Skill for Bub: Muscle builder, Hand/eye coordination, Just for fun, Parties and Celebrations

summary:

Make paper mache eggs with basic craft materials from around the home.

This is an activity that needs to be worked on a little each day. It cannot be finished all in one afternoon so talk to your child about it as a project. It helps encourage them to plan for things as well as give them something fun to look forward to each day.

You can make a simple Easter Egg or turn it into an Easter Piñata by filling it with little chocolate Easter Eggs for the toddlers.

Our piñata tips are:

  • Only allow one child at a time to try to crack the ‘egg’.
  • Keep other kids well back.
  • Have a strong adult ready to break the piñata apart when all else fails.

Things you will need:

  • Strips of newspaper (approx. 2cm x 10cm)
  • Paste
  • A plastic bowl or small shallow bucket
  • Inflated balloon to use as a mould
  • Vaseline
  • Paints, brushes and stickers to decorate the finished item

Optional Extras

  • Strips of plain white paper
  • Strips of tissue paper
  • Clear acrylic varnish to seal the finished item
  • Vaseline
  • A brush to apply the glue; but most kids prefer to use their hands.

What to do:

  1. Make your own paste (see below) or buy some wallpaper paste and place it in the bowl or bucket.
  2. Blow up a balloon and spread some Vaseline over the area you plan to glue over.
  3. Take one strip of newspaper at a time and immerse it in the glue. Stick it onto the balloon and smooth over the surface. Repeat this over and over again with more newspaper in lots of different directions. Help you child cover the mould as evenly as they can.
  4. When the balloon is completely covered leave it aside to dry.
  5. Once dry apply another 2-3 layers of newspaper allowing the balloon to dry between layers. This may take a day or so between each layer.
  6. Optional – Once the balloon is dry you can help your child add a layer of white paper so the object is easy to paint even in light colours.
  7. Optional – At this point you can add a layer of coloured tissue paper to decorate your object instead of painting it at the end. This also helps give the piece a smooth finish.
  8. Once it is completely dry you can remove the balloon if you need to.  
  9. Paint or decorate your Easter Egg.
  10. Optional – Seal the finished piece with an acrylic sealer to protect it from scratches and marks.

To make your own glue you will need:

  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • ½ cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons of white PVA or craft glue
  • A small bowl for mixing such as an old ice cream container
  • A wooden spoon
  1. Place the flour in the mixing bowl.
  2. Slowly add the water and smooth out any lumps.
  3. Add the PVA glue and mix really well.

If the paste is too thick add some water to thin it down a little.