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.
Second graders combined simple forms to create these adorable penguins. They practiced rolling spheres which they flattened to create the eyes and belly. An egg shape was formed for the body. Two smaller egg shapes were flattened for wings. The beak was a flattened cone.
Metallic paper and fiberfill were used for ice and snow. Students added eggs and fish for interest.
These adorable frogs were made by mixing yellow Model Magic with a touch of blue. Different sized balls were attached to form the feet and legs. A bit of white was rolled for eyes, and a poke from a Sharpie created the pupils.
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.
Second and third graders created these wonderful winter sculptures in 2 classes. The tree was formed from a paper lunch bag. Five parallel slits were cut from the opening of the bag to its midpoint. The bag was carefully opened. The trunk was formed by twisting the bag from the bottom up to the slits. Several strips were held together and twisted to form each branch. After gluing the tree to a base, fluffy fiberfil was used for snow.
Students created the animals from small bits of Model Magic. I demonstrated how to model a simple animal and bird and provided photos of skunks, dogs, bunnies, etc. Each table had an egg carton with bits of colored Model Magic. Students were encouraged to add interesting details to their animals. A bottle cap of tacky glue was provided, along with toothpicks for scooping up tiny dabs of glue.
Sprinkling snow glitter on the snow, or dabbing glitter glaze on the branches, adds a sparkling touch if time allows.
These little mice were made by kindergarten students after reading the story Mousepaint. They blended red, yellow and blue Model Magic to create orange, green and violet. Each mouse was made by rolling a chubby teardrop of Model Magic. Standing mice had a nose pinched out. Ears were made by flattening 2 little balls of clay. Wire whiskers and chenille stem tails were poked into place. The tip of a new Sharpie was dabbed on for the eyes and nose.
Little puddles of primary colors were done in marker. The mice are held in place with white glue.