I used the suggestion of a couple of list members in
regards to a first grade papier-mache project gone awry...
It was either that or throw everyone's efforts out, so I took
all the mache'd balloons that had at least 1.5 layers on,
stuck them together with a hot glue gun in a kind of one-
layer sculpture... attached the whole thing with hot glue
to a couple of heavy-duty hangers ... set out multi-colored
pieces of tissue and mache paste, cut-up straw beads, pony
beads and yarn, and colored sticker dots and page-reinforcer
stickers ~ and invited the children to add to the sculpture
to be hung in the window above the art room door. I hung it
on a wire stretched across the room, re-arranged tables so it
would fit, and put craft paper underneath to catch drips. I cautioned
them about pressing anything on too hard as the shapes were
crushable (still had a cadre of boys who thought the most fun
would be to smash it). As the whole class would not be able
to work on it at the same time, I set up centers with drawing
materials, and colored paper and glue for those not interested
in working on the sculpture. To my great surprise, only about
4 or 5 children in each class showed any interest at all in
working on the sculpture, but the others made skads of drawings
with markers and paper airplanes and cut & folded paper constructions.
Some made straw bead snakes, but wanted to take them home
rather than attach to the sculpture... Ah well, at least the papier-
mache wasn't thrown out... there were some tissue paper additions,
and about 10 or 12 or so straw-bead/pony bead and paper spirals
attached, and I hung it up!
Thanks again for support and suggestions!