– White paper
– Plastic cling wrap
Using a spoon, allow your child to dribble paint onto the paper. Have them use several different colors.
Place a sheet of plastic cling wrap over the paint (make sure the cling wrap covers the entire surface).
Allow them to use their hands to smooth the cling wrap over the paper. After they have done so, carefully peel it off starting from one corner.
Allow the painting to dry.
Colored paper clips
Hole punch or pushpins
How to make it
For each, draw a bird figure on a piece of scrapbook paper. You can download a bird template here.
Bend a colored paper clip or two into feet and tape them to the back side of one figure. Use a glue stick to join the two matching figures, sandwiching the paper clip legs between them.
Make an eye with a hole punch or pushpin and adjust the legs so that the bird can stand on its own.
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.
Colored tissue paper
Pressed flowers or leaves (optional)
White school glue
Small plastic bowl or disposable container
What You Do:
Give your child a few sheets of tissue paper and ask them to rip it into small pieces (2-3 inches).
In the small bowl or container, mix ½ cup of white glue with 1 ¼ cups of water. It should form a thin white solution. Give your child the paintbrush and have them cover a section of the jar with a thin coat of glue solution. Repeat, overlapping the tissue paper pieces, until the entire jar is covered. When the entire jar is covered, overlay a few pressed leaves or flowers (if you’re using them), and cover each with a thin coat of glue solution.
Place a battery powered votive candle inside your new hurricane and wrap it up! When the candle glows, it will illuminate the tissue paper and designs, allowing light to shine through them.