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Make a paper Hippo | Art Activity

Make a paper Hippo

Make a paper Hippo Instructions

Title: Make a paper Hippo 

Overview: Make a Hippopotamus paper Mache inspired by the artwork 

Themes: Model making  

Artwork Photography Caption: Hippopotamus, funerary figurine, Civilisation égyptienne, Egypt, About 1850 BCE, Louvre Abu Dhabi © Department of Culture and Tourism-Abu Dhabi

Age Range: 6 -12 years old 

Activity Timing: 45 minutes 

Materials: Paper, Tape, PVA glue, Water, Paint brush, Blue paint and Black Paint


1. Fold the paper into the shape of the hippo

2. Use tape to hold the shape of the hippo

3. Mix PVA glue with water

4. Dip strips of paper into the mixture

5. Cover the hippo with the strips of paper and wait until dry

6. Paint your paper hippo blue

7. Use black paint to add the plants and other details

Now play! Find a new environment for your hippo to live.

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