By Small Talk Speech Pathology

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Handmade Paper Stars

Get the kids involved in some messy play Christmas craft courtesy of Family Fun!

  • 3 (9- by 12-inch) sheets of construction paper
  • Blender
  • Very hot water
  • Folded cloth towel
  • Plate
  • 3-inch star-shaped cookie cutter
  • Sieve
  • Glitter
  • Rag
  • Baking sheet
  • Ribbon loops
  1. Tear 3 (9- by 12-inch) sheets of construction paper into small pieces, about the size of a domino, and place them in a blender. Pour in about 1 1/2 cups of very hot water and let it sit for 5 minutes. Meanwhile put a folded cloth towel on a plate, add a paper towel and top with a 3-inch star-shaped cookie cutter.
  2. Heat the oven to 200 degrees. Pulse the blender until the mix is pulpy, about 30 seconds. Ina sieve set over the sink, drain the pulp, then spoon some into the cookie cutter to the top, taking care to fill the points. Have the kids help with this part. They will love getting their hands dirty and you can work on some messy play describing words such as "squishy" "mushy" "yuck" "gooey". Sprinkle with glitter. Use a rag to press the pulp down into the cookie cutter until most of the water is gone, then gently push the star out onto a baking sheet. Repeat to make two more stars.
  3. Bake them for 2 hours or until the moisture has evaporated (they should be firm and lightweight). Let the stars cool, the glue ribbon loops to the backs for hanging. Makes 3 stars.

Thanks to Family Fun for the wonderful inspiration.

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