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Activity for 5 year olds: a papier-mâché workshop, how about it?

by | Apr 21, 2021 | Babysitting tips, Do It Yourself, Games and Development, Kids

5 year olds are full of life! They jump, climb, slide and talk almost as well as adults! Activities for 5 year olds are varied, from obstacle courses to keep them active, to arts and crafts such as coloring and drawing. Today, Kidlee offers you an activity for 5 year olds that everyone loves: a paper mache workshop!

Overview of 5-year-old development:

By age 5, children are enjoying life to the fullest! They are full of energy and are becoming more and more sociable.

He understands the world around him better and better. In addition, the child distinguishes between the different times of the day, he also distinguishes between right and left and therefore his curiosity increases. His drawings are therefore more precise and straight shapes are cut with more ease. He now knows all the colors and can name shapes and sizes. He is also now able to express himself clearly.

Paper mache as an activity for 5 year olds

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Around the age of 4 and a half and 5, you can offer your children a paper mache workshop. Besides being a very economical activity, paper mache is very easy to use and this activity helps prepare children for the art of modeling! Plus, doing a paper mache workshop together is a great idea for a fun family time. 

Children love to discover new textures and to manipulate them... Paper mache is a bit like a playmat for older children, the flour of adults.

The paper mache workshop will help refine the precision of the gestures, because the child will have to concentrate especially when it is necessary to put the strips of paper. On the other hand, letting the paper dry takes a lot of time depending on the quantity of paper mache used, and once dry, children can add color to their creations.

Activity for children 5 years old : paper mache workshop 

The paper mache recipe

activity for children 5 years old

The ingredients

  • 1 cup of cold water
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour.
  • 5 cups of water

To make piñata, structures of all kinds, models, etc.

The steps 

  1. Mix the flour with a cup of cold water in a bowl until the mixture is smooth.
  2. Heat 5 cups of water in a large pot until boiling.
  3. Add flour and water mixture to boiling water. Continue to boil, stirring constantly, for about 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat, empty into a bowl and let cool.
  5. Dip strips of newspaper into the mixture and cover the object to be formed with several layers (e.g. balloon, box, etc.)

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The paper mache technique

  1. Remove excess with fingers before applying the tape to the substrate.
  2. Cover the support with paper glue and apply the strips of newspaper, then start again...
  3. Smooth the surface with your hands.
  4. Allow to cool for 24 hours before applying a new layer of paper mache or decorating your creation.
  5. Avoid using too much mixture, it will take forever to dry!

How to make a piñata:

you will need :

  • Old newspaper
  • A balloon
  • Masking tape
  • Paintings of different colors
  • Pencil
  • Hanging rope and hanging rod
  • Treats


First, start by making your paper mache dough - it's very easy to do. First, mix your flour and water in a disposable container and microwave or heat in a saucepan while stirring.

Meanwhile, cut your newspaper into strips (you can also tear it up). Also make sure you have different sizes and lengths. Large pieces to start, then smaller pieces to finish your piñata.

Once everything is ready, let's go! Apply paste to the balloon and add your paper. Then add paste to the top. You can use a brush to do this, but it's quicker and easier if you continue with your hands. Continue smoothing your paper and glue it to the balloon.

Create 2-3 layers. Since this is a piñata that kids will have to break later, avoid making your piñata too solid.

Then hang the balloon somewhere to dry - preferably don't touch anything in the first 3-4 hours as it is quite wet. Once it dries a bit, you can then hang it on a chair inside and let it dry completely for 2-3 days. Once completely dry, gently pop your balloon and remove it.

Finally, decorate the piñata as you wish!

The decoration always starts by painting the piñata white, so that you can have a clear base and design later on. Don't forget to let it dry well once the decoration is done.

You can then add the candy by cutting out the piñata on top. On the one hand, this allows you to add the candy and on the other hand it will allow you to hang it up to get the party started! 

Find the DIY in detail on Redtedart