When you are learning about ancient myths, such as the myth of the labyrinth and minotaur from ancient Crete, you can make the lesson more exciting by becoming more involved in the material. For example, you can make a minotaur costume, including a minotaur head that is shaped like a menacing bull. You can create a minotaur head using a few materials purchased from any arts and crafts supply store, such as paper mache pulp.
Inflate a large, round balloon until it is slightly larger than your head; then tie the end into a knot. This will be the base for the minotaur head.
Combine 2 cups of paper mache pulp with 2 cups of hot water. Stir in 1 cup of cornflour with a spoon. Allow the mixture to sit for 15 minutes to allow the mixture to thicken and cool.
Cut two paper towel rolls down their length using scissors. Bend each cut roll into a cone, and tape the cut edges to hold the cone shapes in place. The cones will become the minotaur's horns. Tape the horns onto either side of the balloon.
Wad up two sheets of newspaper into a ball; then tape the ball of newspaper onto the front of the balloon, in between the two horns. This will be the minotaur's mouth.
Cut more newspaper into strips that each measure 2 inches wide and 6 inches long. Dip the strips into the paper mache mixture; then drape the strips over the balloon form. Cover the entire minotaur form with six to eight layers of paper mache strips. Let the form dry for four hours or until it is no longer moist.
Pop the balloon inside of the minotaur head by sticking a straight pin into the form. Cut a 12-inch hole into the bottom of the minotaur head using scissors; then remove the balloon through the hole. Cut out eye holes, which should be positioned 2 to 3 inches above the mouth.
Paint the minotaur head using acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry for 20 minutes; then paint on a layer of clear acrylic glaze to protect the paint. Allow the glaze to dry for 20 more minutes before wearing the minotaur head.
Things you need
- Large round balloon
- 2 paper towel tubes
- Masking tape
- Paper mache pulp
- Straight pin
- Acrylic paint
- 2 paintbrushes
- Acrylic glaze