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Plaster of Paris Pets

Activity Overview

Create and mold your very own Plaster of Paris Pet and individualize your pet with endless craft supplies to make it unique. Create a traditional or fictitious pet by concocting a plaster of paris mixture and pouring it into a latex balloon and molding it into any shape that you'd like. Experiment with small balloons and larger ones too.

Materials Needed

  • Balloons
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Food coloring
  • Water
  • a wide mouthed funnel
  • Tempura Paint
  • Tacky glue
  • Craft decorations such as pom poms, glitter, googly eyes, feathers, and fabric.

How to Make Them

  1. Blow up your balloons to full size and then deflate the balloons.
  2. Attach the balloon to a wide mouthed funnel.
  3. Mix The plaster of Paris, water, and food coloring until it is uniform and smooth.
  4. Pour the mixture into the stretched out balloon.
  5. Detach the balloon from the funnel and tie up the end of the balloon.
  6. Use your hands and fingers to manipulate the balloon into a traditional or nontraditional animal shape.
  7. Hold the balloon in place until it becomes somewhat firm and then allow to set for 1 hour or more.
  8. Use your scissors to cut off the tied end of the balloon and peel away the latex from the hardened plaster.
  9. Use paint, glue and crafty decorations that you have on hand to decorate your Plaster of Paris Pet.

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