To supplement our “B is for Bee” theme this week, I had the children create their own bees out of plaster of paris. This was my first time working with plaster for an art project and it didn’t work out quite the way I hoped but I learned some things and now I know better for next time.
I want to thank Snootz for helping me come up with this project idea.
- Plaster of Paris
- Black & Yellow Tempera Paint
- Paint Brushes
- White Tissue Paper
- Googly Eyes
- Pipe Cleaner
- Elmer’s All-Purpose Glue
- Q-tip (optional)
- Measure 1 cup of Plaster of Paris into a small freezer bag (I double bagged regular sandwich bags but I think a stronger single bag, such as a freezer bag, would have worked better).
- Have your child measure 1/2 cup of water and pour it into the bag.
- Zip the bag and have your child gently squish and squeeze the bag until the plaster and water are fully mixed together.
- Have your child form the bag into the desired shape (this is easier to do after some time has passed and the mixture is starting to harden).
- Once the plaster has hardened to the touch you may remove the plastic bag. It took about 30 minutes
- Allow the plaster to harden for 24 hours before painting (we only waited about 45 minutes before painting and it ended up taking a looooong time for the paint to dry. 3 days to be exact).
- Have your child paint the piece of plaster with the yellow and black tempera paint to resemble a bee’s stripes.
- Wait at least 24 hours for the paint to dry (it may take longer).
- Cut wing shapes out of the tissue paper. 4 pieces total so the bee has two sets of wings, just like a real bee (to make it correctly one set should have been a little smaller than the other but I didn’t do that).
- Using all-purpose glue, help your child glue the tissue paper, googly eyes and pipe cleaner on to the bee. We used a Q-tip to apply the glue.
- Voila! Your buzzing bee is finished.