White or cream-colored card stock
Round cotton pad or circle of packing foam
How to make it
To make your own paper sand dollars, first cut a pair of circles, about 3 inches in diameter, from white or cream-colored card stock.
Sandwich the 2 circles together with a round cotton pad or circle of packing foam between them.
Glue the circles together, using clothespins to hold them in place until the glue has dried.
Finally, glue on a star-shaped design of dry barley, white beans, or uncooked pasta shells.
2 small bowls
Cooking spray or vegetable oil
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup water
2 sheets of tissue paper cut or torn into roughly 2- by 2-inch pieces
Bowl of white vinegar (optional)
How to make
Coat the outside of one small bowl with cooking spray or vegetable oil, then cover it tightly with plastic wrap.
In the other bowl, whisk the flour and water together until smooth.
Have your child brush the paste onto the plastic wrap, then cover it with pieces of tissue paper as shown. She may need your help pressing down the pieces so that they stick to the paste. When the bowl is covered with one layer, have her brush on more paste and add another layer. Continue until you have a thick, defined bowl shape; you’ll need at least five layers. If the brush gets too goopy, dip it in white vinegar, then rinse it with water. Let the papier-mâché dry (at least 12 hours).
Gently remove the papier-mâché bowl from the bowl mold and peel the plastic wrap away. For a smooth edge, trim the bowl’s rim with scissors.
What You’ll Need:
strong wood glue
cardboard or gift box
There are so many great ways to get your pasta working for you!
Animal cut out – let your child draw a large animal or similar on the cardboard.
Help them to cut it out and then squirt or paint glue all over the cut out.
Position the pasta on the glue before it dries.
Name plate – write your child’s name in large block letters on the cardboard, help your child to cut this out and then cover with glue.
Position the pasta to cover it completely before it dries.
Draw and fill in – encourage your child to draw something that will be fun to fill in with pasta shapes.
For example – a huge race track or a big pond with surrounding plants and flowers.
Next position the pasta to cover it completely before it dries.