We haven’t made paper mache puppets in ages due to the time consuming steps involved. Eliminating the paint/dry/paint steps saved work time and prep time. Students started with a styrofoam ball and then added Model Magic to form animal heads. They carefully wrapped the heads in aluminum foil to hold the Model Magic in place. Ears were cut from cardboard, covered in foil and then taped to the head. I had to cut slits in the head to hold some of the wobbly ears. Students added 2 layers of tissue paper and Mod Podge for color. Felt scraps, fun foam shapes, wiggly eyes, pom poms and chenille stems were available for the details.
An old pencil inserted into the styrofoam acts as a handle.
We stuck the pencils in a styrofoam block to dry the heads.
This lesson was designed to integrate art into our second grade study of dinosaurs. We looked at a power point of fossils and learned how they were formed. The fossil necklaces were made by rolling a ball of Model Magic, then lightly flattening it. The oval or roundish discs were pressed onto shells, ferns, etc. A straw was used to poke a hole in the top. When dry, students mixed watercolors to paint each piece. Matt Mod Podge sealed each piece. The cord is a piece of synthetic sinew, which is a waxed thread. Wooden beads that repeated the paint colors were added for embellishment.
Mexican coco suns inspired these 4th grade sculptures. The suns were constructed by combining paper bowls with trimmed pizza rounds. Color was added by adhering bits of brightly colored tissue paper with Mod Podge. Permanent markers and paint pens were used for details.