What You Need:
- Papier-mâché paste
- Brown construction paper
- Masking tape
- Tempera paints and brushes
What You Do:
- Before you can create the sculpture, you need to create an armature, the skeleton that forms the sculture's shape. Start by blowing up a balloon until it's slightly larger than a grapefruit. This is a great time to discuss shapes with her. What kind of shapes make up a football?
- Cut the cardboard into triangles, and help your child roll them up into cones.
- Then, tape the cones on opposite sides of the balloon to make a football shape.
- Now, help her completely cover the balloon and cones with newspaper and tape.
- Now that you have the armature, it's time to get it looking like a football. Have her cut the brown construction paper into strips.
- Have her take one strip of paper at a time, dip it into the papier-mâché paste, and wrap it around the armature. Repeat until all the newspaper is covered.
- Set the sculpture aside to dry.
- When it's completely dry, you're ready to decorate. Let her get creative! She can use the tempera paints to add pictures, a team symbol, or her favorite team colors around the outside of her football.
- Finally, have her cut short pieces of yarn and glue them to the top to represent the football’s laces.
Want to do more sporty papier-mâché projects? Use a single balloon to create an over-sized tennis ball or baseball, or add a dimpled layer of paper on top of the balloon for a fun golf theme. Soon, your child will have a whole gallery of papier-mâché sports balls!