It’s almost a forgotten
art, but this old favourite is all the more rewarding because it takes a bit
Start off making
something simple like bowls for dry snacks. Blow up a balloon to a
size that’ll make two bowls when the finished shape is cut in half. Get
the kids to cover the balloon with torn up pieces of newspaper that have
been soaked in wallpaper paste. Let each layer dry, then leave the whole
thing in a warm place overnight until it’s fully hardened. Cut the end off the
balloon and pull out the rest, then cut the sphere in half, going in with
the scissors from the small hole left by the end of the balloon.
Now you can get the kids
to decorate the bowl with poster paints and, when dry, cover with a layer
of craft varnish. They won’t be waterproof, though, so don’t risk ice cream or
yogurt in them or stick them in a dishwasher!