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Papier Mache Shorebirds
Papier Mache Shorebirds is a fabulous paper mach project, and my kids love paper mach. This fun kids activity is great for both girls and boys. If you are looking for more boredom busting ideas check out all our summer crafts and activities ideas that will kids active and entertained this summer! I have gathered the best craft bloggers to share fun kids crafts! Gather some kids and make these fruit and yogurt popsicles or try creating this squirt bottle tie dye tutorial. Be sure to keep checking back and you will find fun creative ideas that inspire and encourage imaginative play this summer!
It’s Gail from that artist woman. I’m an art educator and spend my days teaching kids about art.
One of my favourite art projects to do with kids is papier mache. My birds are always a hit at school and with my own kids. Today I thought I would put a summer spin on things and do shorebirds.
So let’s get started.
Take a piece of newspaper and crumple it into a pear shape. For a sandpiper you want a long pear shape. Use masking tape and wrap it on your shape to secure.
My mache mix is glue and water (50/50). It dries very hard so your creations will last a long time.At this point I like to let them dry out a bit. At school I don’t always have the luxury of time so my students might add the tail and wings at this point.(I’ll talk about that in a minute)
Once the bird bodies have dried you’ll want to add some legs. Cut some wire, I use 22 gauge, you need 2 pieces about 10 inches long. Fold in half. Starting at the fold bend in 3 toes and the twist the ends together to form the legs. Trim at the top.
I use an awl to poke to holes into the bird body but you can also use a knitting needle. Put a bead of hot glue on the hole. (adult supervision required) and then push wire leg in. Add extra glue if needed.
Once the legs are on you can add the tail. Cut out a tail shape from some recycled cardboard. For the sandpipers we did not add wings as they keep them tight to body when zipping up and down the beach. If you want to add wings just use the same cardboard method.
When the bird is dry it’s time to paint. I give my kids/students pictures and bird books to use for reference but they are also free to paint it any way they want. We use acrylic but you can also use liquid tempera.
Finally you can add a coat of Mod Podge or sealer to the bird. This will preserve it, give it a nice shiny finish, and protect it from getting picked up by every person who visits your house. (‘Really, you made that!’)
That’s it. If you liked this project and want more…..come visit me over at that artist woman. I have lots of art and craft projects you can do all summer.