Make a Papier-Mache Bracelet
What preschooler doesn't love the hands-on gooiness of papier-mache? This papier-mache bracelet is simple to make, and the result is truly stunning! Your preschooler will love adding her own personal touch to the piece, and she'll practice color recognition and develop those fine motor skills in the process.
It's true—papier-mache can be very messy, especially when an excited preschooler is involved. But with a little preparation and forethought, your fun can be blissfully worry-free: just lay a few sheets of newspaper over your work surface and have your child wear a smock or old shirt. Clean-up will be a snap!
What You Need:
- Cardboard strip about 12" (30 cm) long and 1/2" (1.5 cm) to 2" (5 cm) wide
- Wallpaper paste
- Newspaper torn into small strips about 1/2" x 2" (1.5 cm x 5 cm)
- Strips of thin white paper
- Supplies for decorating the bracelet: tempera paints, felt pens, or liquid starch and colored tissue paper
- Clear gloss enamel (optional)