Awesome Egg Exoskeleton
This is one of those wondrous wactivities that has a lil something for everyone. Like crafts? Gotcha. Love to make a mess? This is for you! Into cool, controlled implosions? Sign on up!
What you need:
~ Balloons (even tiny water balloons will work)
~ Water, flour, and a whisk
~ A shallow dish, like a cake pan
~ Yarn & Scissors
~ Wax paper
And, of course, one wacky activity doer!
What to do:
~ Spread out the wax paper to keep your work table clean (or as clean as possible, this is about to get MESSY!)
~ Whisk up one cup of flour with 3/4 cup water in a shallow dish. Add water as needed until you get a mix about the consistency of good ole Elmer’s School Glue.
~ Cut long lengths of that yarn. (We did 2-3 feet worth, but don’t worry about being precise, you can always use a second or third piece on a balloon, as needed.)
~ Blow up your balloons to whatever size you want. We kept ’em small and moulded them a bit to be more egg shaped, but you do what works for you. No wrong way to do this! OPTIONAL: if you want to trap goodies inside your exoskeletons, put the toys or cubes or whatever in before you blow the balloon up!
~ Soak one piece of yarn at a time (to avoid tangles) in your flour/water goo.
~ Once it’s good and soaked, wrap the yarn around the balloon, wiping some of the goo off the yarn as you go. Make awesome web-ish patterns (remembering that if you are trapping something you need to be sure none of the inter-string holes are too big.
~ Set aside to dry.
~ Repeat the process for all of your balloons.
Let them dry overnight, remembering to turn them after a few hours to let all the parts dry all the way.
~ When they are totally dry, take those scissors and snip the balloon carefully (don’t cut your yarn web!). Watch the balloon pull away in a cool, slow-mo implosion!
~ Sneak the deflated balloon out one of those handy holes and, voila! You have a cool egg exoskeleton!! If you make a bunch, you have a cool, spring center piece!
Note: there are lots of ways to do this and you can see where we got our ideas and inspiration on the Wactivity Pinterest page!