Children love to pretend that they are policemen. Make a policeman mask or puppet to stir your child's imagination. This is a quick, easy and fun project when you use a basic paper mache procedure. You won't even need to visit a crafting store -- supplies for this project are inexpensive and easy to come by. It's also appropriate to have your child help with this project.
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Things you need
- Paint brush
- Wooden dowel
Blow up a balloon until it is about the size of a head. Tie the end of the balloon in a knot.
Mix equal parts flour, glue and water in a bowl to make a paper mache paste.
Tear strips of newspaper and dip them in the paste mix. Drape the damp strips over one-half of the balloon. Let it dry.
Pry the hardened paper from the balloon and paint it a skin colour. Let it dry. Then paint a mouth and eyes onto the face. Let these dry.
Paint the outline of a blue police hat on top of the face, where a hat would hit. Let it dry. Paint a silver oval in the centre of the hat to look like a badge. Let it dry. Write the word "Police" over the badge with a black pen.
Glue a wooden dowel to the bottom centre of the mask. This serves as a pole that you use to hold the craft over your face or to move your puppet. To use your craft as a puppet, bob the police face above a small puppet theatre stage.
Tips and warnings
- Wash any mixture from your hands to prevent stained clothes.
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