The following is a guest post by Jessica Kim is the founder of BabbaCo.
Kids are fascinated by the MOON! Make a moon craft out of layers of papier mache and the greatest thing is that it turns into a homemade NIGHTLIGHT. Kids will enjoy their very own moon lighting up their room.
- 8×11 paper sheets (x7)
- 1 balloon
- 2 disposable bowls
- 1 8 oz. glue
- 1 mixing stick
- 1 battery operated tea light
Step 1: Make the papier mache paste by mixing 2 parts glue + 1 part water. Use the the mixing stick to combine into a liquid paste.
Step 2: Blow up the balloon to the desired size of the “moon”. Use one bowl to hold up your balloon.
Step 3: Tear the paper sheets into 2-inch strips or squares. (Let your child be carefree about tearing paper. It doesn’t have to be in perfect shapes.)
Step 4: Dip paper strips into the paste. Run the strips between your fingers to squeeze excess paste from the strips.
Step 5: Place the dipped strips of paper on the balloon and smooth them out. Cover the whole balloon in one layer of paper by overlapping the strips slightly.
Step 6: Let this first layer dry overnight. Then, apply a second layer by repeating steps 3 to 5. Let this second layer dry overnight.
Step 7: Once the paper is completely dry, pop the balloon from the bottom. You may need to reshape your “moon” back to its circular/oval shape by pushing it out from the inside.
Step 8: Put the battery-operated tea light on the table and place the papier mache moon over it. Now you have your very own moon nightlight!
TIP: an alternative papier mache paste recipe: Mix 1 part flour + 1 part water.
Jessica Kim is the founder of BabbaCo, which recently launched the Babbabox. Every month, BabbaBox delivers more than a “one-shot” project: each one contains an engaging, educational and constructive opportunity with: 2-3 creative, useful, reusable and gift-able projects based on a topic, as well as a gift just for mom, an engaging activity to explore the topic, a relevant book, and a curated selection of pre-paid, interactive downloads. One week prior to delivery, parents receive a video email on what to expect. BabbaCo also ensures BabbaBoxes are fun while maintaining real educational and developmental benefits – each BabbaBox is developed by creator Jessica Kim and a panel of PhD’s, PT’s, pre-school educators, nannies, parents, and topic experts.