To begin this project, I gave my 2nd graders an assignment of bringing in a plastic pop or juice bottle or something similar. This became our form to cover with paper mache. When they brought them to my room they were excited to figure out what we were going to do with them.
For paper mache, I use newspaper and watered-down glue...it's cheap! Most of my 2nd graders got the hang of it pretty fast, while others struggled a little. Overall they loved getting a little bit messy!
This project lasted 3, 30 minute class periods. The first class we applied the paper mache. During the 2nd class we painted, and the last class we added all of the fine details to make our aliens extra special and unique! I got out my google eyes, pipe cleaners, yarn, pom poms, etc. which made the project fun to go a little wild with ideas!
These creatures are quite interesting and fun! :)