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paper mache

You will need these ingredients for your paper mache.

1/2 cup flour

2 cups water

2 cups boiling water

3 tablespoons sugar

Brown Tempura Paint

Mix together flour and cold water in a bowl. Add this mixture to the boiling water and allow it to return to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar. As the mixture cools it will thicken.

Cover a work area with lots of newspaper. Give each child a round inflated balloon to be their mold.

Let the children tear narrow strips of newspaper and dip the strips into the paste, coating completely. Have them drape the strips around their balloon, overlapping several layers. Let dry and paint. The children can do another activity or game while they are drying and you can even turn on a fan to hurry the process.

Then the coconuts are ready to be painted (tempura paint works great). When the project is finished, the children can play with them and even take them home.

They can also be used in party games like coconut bowling and the coconut pass.

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