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Papier-Mâché Basket
Papier Mache Basket
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Papier-Mâché Basket

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Basket making is a form of art in many cultures. Kids can exercise their creative side and make a papier-mâché basket!

This activity is appropriate for:
kindergarten - 3rd grade / 5 - 8 years

You will need:


  1. Turn a small bowl upside down and cover the entire outside surface with plastic wrap.
  2. Mix equal portions of glue and water in a separate bowl.
  3. Help children cut or tear newspaper into strips.
  4. Invite children to dip a strip of newspaper into the glue and water mixture. Squeeze any excess mixture off of the strip, then press it onto the plastic-wrapped bowl. Have children repeat this process, overlapping the newspaper strips until the surface of the bowl is covered.
  5. Set the bowl aside for several days to dry. Once it has dried, separate the papier-mâché bowl from the plastic-wrapped bowl.
  6. Encourage children to paint their papier-mâché baskets any way they like. Set them aside to dry.
  7. Once they have dried, children can decorate their baskets with collage materials.
  8. Children are now ready to tote or store items in their own colorful baskets!
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