Few activities could be more enjoyable for a small child than an afternoon spent making his very own firefighter's helmet. What child doesn't want to be the hero saving cats from trees and damsels from burning buildings? You can make the firefighter's helmet from almost any material, but paper mache is the most child-friendly.
Design your helmet. It helps to have a rough plan. Even just a simple drawing of colours is sufficient.
Mix three parts glue to one part water and stir until you have a gloopy consistency.
Cover the bowl in cling film. Soak the paper into the mixture. Make sure it is fully coated, then lay it on to the bowl. Cover the entire bowl and layer two to four times for added strength.
Shape the paper mache into the ridge on most fire helmets. You may need to allow the first few layers to dry before building up the thickness. Once you have the shape you desire, allow it to dry in a cool, dry place overnight.
Paint and decorate your helmet. Peel the helmet off the bowl and allow the paint to fully dry.
Make sure the bowl is a snug fit on the wearer's head. The helmet will be slightly larger than the bowl when complete.
Use non-toxic glue when children are involved.