Last week when we were learning about Goldilocks and the Three Bears we started making some papier mache porridge bowls. We used a plastic bowl as a mould to hold the shape of our papier mache. We ripped strips of newspaper to use in the bowls (On reflection these were too long and difficult for the children to manipulate – shorter pieces would be easier). We used a mix of half PVA glue and half water as our glue for dipping the paper in.
As you can imagine this was a pretty messy process. We dipped the paper in and then ran our fingers down it to get the excess glue off. Then we had to lay the strips across the bowl making sure it was pushed right into the base. Some children found the process disgusting. They hated the feel of the glue between their fingers. Others thought it was great fun and sloshed and swished the glue everywhere. I came home wearing a lot of it!
It took quite a while for the pieces to dry. We took them out of their moulds while they were still a little wet in order to help them dry a bit quicker. After they were dry we got some brightly coloured paints and gave them a coating of that. Once the paint dries I think we will coat them either in spray varnish or a coat of PVA glue to give them a gloss finish and help protect them a little.
At the same time we were making the bowls we were also doing a little cooking. We decided that as bears love honey they would also like Honey Joys as a treat so we made some of them. We used the recipe that’s on the side of the Cornflakes box. We did this in the kitchen with just a few children at a time. After we had baked them in the oven we got to enjoy them. I’m not sure if bears do like Honey Joys but we sure do!