We started off crafting up one thing from our left over egg cartons, but instead we followed where the materials wanted to lead us and ended up with something else altogether.
When doing paper crafts with children a lot of the value is in the experimentation. Taking an activity and adding your own ideas to it is fun for all of us. In this activity we started off planning to make a fish, but as we worked with the bits of egg carton, it seemed to want to be made into a rocket. So we decided to make both.
The first step is to cut up and glue your bits of egg carton together. I do not know if our egg cartons are too uneven in shape, or if I am just a bit too rough and ready with my cutting – but I thought that this first step would be a bit fiddly for younger children to do by themselves.
Glue on extra bits for fins or wings. We used some holes we already had in our shapes and extended them into slits which held the bits of card we were attaching for the fish. For the rocket we made flaps which we glued on to attach the wings.
As ours were a bit wobbly and fragile I glued a few strips of newspaper on to hold everything in place and strengthen them.
Then the fun bit, painting the models. We had three generations working on our painting. My mother was staying with us so all of us girls did a bit of painting. I am not sure what we will do with the fish, but the rocket is a perfect toy to go with some little moon men we have.