Papier Mache

We have been learning how to do papier mache.

What a fantastic way for Room 13 to practice following instructions and showing perseverance, especially because papier mache cannot be finished in 5 minutes.

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Glueing our first layer

We put our first layers of glue and newspaper onto the balloons on Friday. They looked very funny hanging up to dry (thank you Mrs Fitzsimons for doing this).

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Glueing our first layer

After the weekend we came back to find some of the balloons had gone down, but luckily the papier mache was okay. Adding two or three more layers took a lot more patience and perseverance - there may be a couple of bowls with holes in the bottom when we gave up. Miss Woodcock hopes that our Easter eggs don’t fall out.

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Drying after more layers

We had a discussion about what we would do next time we do papier mache so that we get a better result. We think that if we added 2 layers a day for 5 days we would have at least 10 layers (we used our skip counting to help us solve that problem). We then thought that perhaps we should add 2 layers a day for 10 days to make our work even stronger - this means we would have 20 layers (we doubled 10 to get 20).

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Popping the balloon with Marie

Marie helped us pop our balloons when the papier mache was completely dry and then we painted them. Having to choose only one colour to paint the base made a difficult decision but we were learning to not mix the paint that is in the jars by accident.

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testing the bowls

When our base layer had dried we used a different colour to paint on decorative detail.

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Painting papier mache can be tricky

Our papier mache bowls looked very good when we had put a piece of tissue paper in and some Easter eggs on top.

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Filling the bowl with tissue

5. testing the bowls