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A very unmessy activity is to use colored paper tape. This can be used to
create all kinds of paper sculptures, paper bag puppets, fantastical hats
out of paper plates, etc. The 0nly other thing you need are scissors and
Plastercraft puppets are another big hit; using styrofaom balls attached to
tongue depressors or dowel rods.Its also fun to make finger puppets by
molding directly onto your fingers. They dry quickly. Painting them might
make them more messy than you want, but if you provide paint shirts and
newspaper, its not bad. Yarn, wiggle eyes, various collage items can be
glued on for decoration.
Designing cards or books is also popular. Stamp pads add to the fun, along
with various markers, colored pencils, watercolors, collage items, etc.
Designing your own stamp pads is even more exciting.