Every Saturday morning after breakfast, we usually do a short and simple activity with Crystabel – before heading out at noon for lunch and to check out a kid-friendly place.

This week, since she has no homework from preschool, I pulled out the Paper Mache craft set which I bought from Popular recently.

ladybug paper mache

The paper mache came in various animal forms, but to start off I got two of her favourites – the ladybug and butterfly. This time round, she chose the ladybug.

ladybug paper mache

The set came with the following items:

  • Paper mache ladybug
  • Paintbrush
  • A set of water colour paint

ladybug paper mache

I got her to colour the entire ladybug red first, before filling in the spots, eyes and feelers with black paint. It’s been a while since we did a painting activity together, and I was quite surprised by how well she paints now compared to a couple of months back.

ladybug paper mache

ladybug paper mache

She finished this pretty quickly with zero help from me. But at the end, I couldn’t resist adding the final touches to the black – didn’t want to miss out on the fun!

ladybug paper mache

Once done, we left it to dry. I told her this can be the start of her paper mache “toy”collection, which we can line up on the top of her bookshelf. She seem pretty excited about it πŸ™‚

This simple craft set retails at S$2.90 at Popular.

 

Tips:

  • I found that the small pot of red water colour paint was not enough to cover the whole ladybug. So, you might want to make sure you have your own water colour paint on standby.
  • Do get ready a small cup of water to wash the brush in between, especially if you are changing colours.
  • To make clean up easier after doing this craft, line the table with paper or old newspaper. Once done, just chuck the whole thing away and wipe down the table with soap and water.
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