Our letter of the week this week was the letter “N”, and on Tuesday, we did a coloring page about nests.
As I was planning the day’s activities, I thought that I’d give doing a craft another go, and since my boy’s been really into scissors lately, making a nest seemed like the perfect idea. One Google search later, and I turned up this beauty from WeKnowStuff!
Easy, fast, and I already had all the materials – perfect!
Stuff You Need
*several sheets colored construction paper [we did two bowls and 5 sheets was plenty]
*scissors, or a paper shredder
*glue [the squeezable kind, I used store brand Elmer’s]
*1/4 c water
*Mod Podge [I used Gloss, cuz it’s what I had]
*newspaper or wax paper
*a small bowl for each person
*large mixing bowl
Step 1 – Cut your paper into strips. [If you have a paper shredder, this is the perfect time to use it. If not, never fear – it only took me about a minute per page.]
Step 2 –
Divert Enlist small helpers.
Step 3 – Ready your workspace with wax paper. [In a pinch, newspaper will work just fine too.] Cover each person’s small bowl with plastic wrap.
Step 4 – In the large mixing bowl, combine equal parts glue and water.
Fortunately, it’s not an exact science. If you end up with lots more water than glue [as I did] it still turns out fine, it just takes longer to dry.
Step 5 – Toss the paper strips in the glue mix. At first I tried stirring with a spoon, to keep my hands clean so I could continue to document the event, but… they didn’t get coated very well. So on a lark I tossed them around with my hand, and that worked much better. It also meant that I didn’t get very many pictures of the rest of the project, but… oh well 😛
Step 6 – Go to town on the plastic-covered bowls. [Frustratingly, both my kids are quite fastidious and wanted to wash their hands after each strip, so I ended up doing this part pretty much by myself. Oh well, still turned out pretty cool huh?]
Step 7 – Set it to the side for 12-24 hours to dry. When it’s completely dry, pop the bowl out and carefully peel away the plastic wrap. Ours were looking a little flimsy, so I gave the outside a hefty dose of Mod Podge in the interest of getting more play time out of them.
Not too bad for a non-crafter, eh? And it’s way sturdier than it looks. It’s actually survived several straight days of play so far, so I’ve totally gotten my time [and my money]’s worth out of it!
Do you have a favorite kid craft that you do with your kids, or that you did when you were a kid and are just dying for an excuse to try again? I need ideas!