When it’s really hot outside, it’s great to have a project indoors to keep the kids entertained. One year we made Mushroom Playhouses. The kids still have their mushrooms… and they have been used as fairy homes and the Littlest Pet Shop’s play houses. Here’s how you and the kids can make your own mushroom playhouse:
1) We covered rolled-up cardboard and a balloon with paper maché. [1/2 cup flour + 1/2 cup water, stir in 2 cups of boiling water; let it cool and then dip the newspaper and cover]
2) We let the paper machéd balloon and the cardboard stem dry thoroughly. Then we carefully cut the balloon in half to make the mushroom top.
After lots more steps (attaching the balloon and stem parts with more paper maché, painting them, and covering it with acrylic sealer) we cut out doors and the real fun began! We did a small step each day and overall it took a week+ to make. The kids were really proud of their mushrooms when they were done.
Now the fun truly begins, right?!
There’s hours of fun to be had with these once the project is done!
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