Kindergarten is studying "living things that come from eggs" right now.
We needed a few good art projects to tie into this theme.
First up is this Robin in a papier mache egg.
Now I know robins do not come from blue and pink spotted eggs but we wanted a bit more colour fun for the kinders.
- paper towel cut into strips
- recycled container
- white glue
- acrylic or tempera paint
- Easter grass, optional
- cereal box cardboard
- brown fabric
- red felt or fleece
- tacky glue
- googly eyes
- yellow craft foam
- flower sprig
- glue gun (adult operation only)
- fishing line
- pony bead or washer
Blow up balloon to the size of egg you want.
We kept ours on the small side.
Dip your paper towel strips into the mixture and start layering them on the balloon. You want to criss cross the layers. Leave a bit of the balloon bare, this will make cutting easier later on.
Every once and a while put a dry strip on to soak up the excess.
Put aside in a warm place to dry.
Turn every day until they fully dry out. It will take about 48 hrs.
When they are dry cut a hole in each egg starting where you can see the balloon.
Paint with acrylic or tempera paint.
Paint on spots or stripes.
With an awl or knitting needle punch a hole at the top of the egg.
Cut a length of fishing line. Tie on a pony bead or washer.
Thread the other end of the line thru the hole. The bead or washer holds the line in place.
Using the template cut out the bird shape out of cardboard. I've included a large and small template depending on the size of your egg.
Using the same template cut the body shape out of brown fabric.
Cut a red breast shape from the red felt or fleece.
Glue the brown fabric to the cardboard.
Glue on the red breast, 2 googly eyes, and a small beak cut out of the yellow craft foam.
Add 2 feathers for the wings.
Stuff a little Easter grass into the egg.
Bend the little tab at the bottom of the robin.
Add some glue to it.
Attach to the inside of the egg.
Finally you can glue a little branch or sprig of flowers to the bottom of the egg, just to dress it up a bit.
That's it. You could make this project with different animals themes like turtles, dinosaurs, fish, etc.
I like the Robin as it is Spring themed, you could do a chick for Easter.
See you soon.