We made a mush of paper to sculpt some beautiful hearts. My children had fun getting a little messy and exploring new textures. We decorated the house for Valentine's Day, then gave the hearts away as special paperweights.
How We Did It
The kids had fun tearing a stack of newspaper and adding the paper to a large bowl. Next, Emma covered the paper with some warm water, and we let the bowl sit overnight.
The next morning, we squeezed the water out of the paper mush. Warning...this is so fun for little hands, but it is a messy step! You may want to wear gloves if you prefer. After we squeezed as much as we could, we added about half a bottle of school glue.
Emma mixed in the glue. She was very excited to get her hands in the fun goop!
Now for the fun! We dug right in and grabbed handfuls to form the mush into hearts. The smaller the better. (We learned that the small hearts dried the best.)
Once the kids finished making hearts, they cut some pretty colored yarn to wrap around the hearts. They loved wrapping several different colors on each heart.
We set the hearts in a warm place to dry. They take a day or two to dry, depending on how large they are. Once dry, they make great valentines or paper weights.