Making paste paper, which can be used as wrapping paper or within other crafts, is a fun art project for young children who love to paint.
Materials: large sheets of blank paper, wheat paste, nontoxic acrylic paint, plastic containers, paintbrushes, sponges, paint smock, water
Preparation: Prepare the wheat paste according to the directions on the package. The paste should be the consistency of pudding. Divide the paste into the plastic containers. Mix in a teaspoon of paint into each container. Prepare a variety of colors.
Instructions: Place large sheets of paper on a flat, washable surface. Moisten both sides of the pieces of paper with water. Allow the children to paint the paper with the colored wheat paste using sponges, paintbrushes, or fingers. Allow the paste paper to dry completely. Carefully supervise to avoid consumption of the tinted paste, and thoroughly wash the children's hands with warm, soapy water after painting.