Paper Arts Edgewood U.

We had six weeks to create a variety of paper arts crafts. The class comprised of 10 children: 6 kindergartners; 2 first graders; and, 2 second graders.

On our first session, we began papier mache. It takes more than a week because you have to let the layers dry. So, we began it in week 1, added more layers in week 2, then painted it in week 3. We made papier mache bowls and papier mache penguin banks (like piggy banks).

First layer on the penguin (balloons)
A kindergartner, working carefully
First graders, adding the first layer
Adding the first layer to create bowls
Everyone is focused

Week two: we added the second layers to both the bowls and the penguins; then we made pop-up cards.

Week 3: this was messy! We had to paint the bowls & penguins...penguins kept twisting and turning...and add feathers, wings, beaks & feet.

Week 4: This week we made decoupage boxes. Children cut out pictures from magazines and used them to decorate small wooden boxes. Such young children had some difficulty cutting carefully but they enjoyed the process.

Week 5: This week we made moveable puppets. Children cut out a head and body template and decorated it. Then they added templates of arms & legs, using paper fasteners. We then added string to the back, so that when you pull the string, the arms and legs move!

Week 6: the last week. We made paper dolls. Children cut out templates of a boy or girl and learned how to make clothes for them and attach them to their dolls.

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