BabbaBox: Paper Mache Moon Nightlight Tutorial

by - Wednesday, December 12, 2012

BabbaBox is a fun, educational monthly subscription that shows up at your doorstep with multiple activities inside for your child to explore and learn with. Each month has a different theme, always bringing something new and exciting to the table.

Adrienne and I were anxiously waiting to open it up and see what was inside once we realized what our mailman was about to drop off at our door. 
We had the pleasure of trying the Sun, Moon, & Stars themed box. 
There were two Create activities (Paper Mache Moon Nightlight and Constellation Frame), a book (Twinkle: Star of the week), binoculars along with your very own lunar calender, and a special treat for mom & dad (a gorgeous wine cork).

Adrienne eagerly wanted to make the Paper Mache Moon Nightlight. There were clear and easy instructions, all of the necessary supplies, and the satisfaction of my little one making another craft on her own! 
This was so simple to accomplish at home, that I wanted to include our own tutorial for all of you mama's looking for something to occupy your children's afternoon with.

Supplies Needed:

2 Bowls
2 Balloons
School Glue
Thin Paper (I'd say 2-3 dozen sheets- depending on how your child rips their paper)
Popsicle Stick (or plastic spoon)
Tealight Candle

First, we added both bottles of glue into one of our bowls. Make sure to try and squeeze out every last bit, you'll need a lot depending on how big of a balloon you end up using.

Have your child slowly add water into the glue (remember to use two parts glue to one part water) while stirring continuously. You want to make sure it is smooth in texture,but clearly mixed together into a paste.

Now move the paper mache paste aside and blow up one of the balloons. Doesn't have to be made into any specific size, every child's moon can be different from one another. Once blown up, lay the balloon inside the other bowl as a solid base.

Now grab the paper and let you child rip away. Be sure to let them have fun with this step, there's no right or wrong way of doing this and it's a great way to enhance their motor skills. Once their done, be sure to bring back the paste and balloon along side the paper strips.

You'll want to dip each strip of paper into the paste. And cover the balloon entirely. I would suggest dipping the paper into the paste yourself and then letting you child put each strip onto the balloon to save yourself a possible mess.

One that is finished, you'll want to let it dry overnight. Depending on how big of strips you used, you can easily choose to make a second coat the following day.

Once dry, your finished Moon should look a little something like this. Make sure to pop the balloon inside and cut a space in the bottom to insert the tealight candle. Shut off all of your lights, switch the candle on, and enjoy the wonders of your Moon Nightlight.

BabbaBox is a theme-based box delivered to your door that allows you to enjoy a little convenience and inspiration! As any parent can attest, the most important thing you can give to your child is quality time. BabbaBox makes this possible by helping you to save time, money, & mindspace. Just think! Fantastic monthly activities with ALL the materials for kids ages 3-6. Included in the box are 3 projects + 1 bestselling book + digital download + parent surprise gift!

The best part? Babbabox makes a GREAT unique gift during the holiday season. 
Act now! Get 50% off your first month when you sign up for a monthly membership using the code, SWAY100. Offer expires December 31, 2012.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BabbaBox. The opinions and text are all mine.

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