The fun of making these papier-mâché puppets is twofold -- kids can decorate them to look like their very own twin and then cast their doubles as stars in a show.
Blow up the balloon and knot the end. Dip newspaper strips into the papier-mâché paste and cover the balloon, leaving a small opening around the knot. Let dry (it takes about 12 hours). Apply another two or three layers.
For a nose, use your fingers to mold a few paste-coated strips. Gently press the wet shape onto the face. Once the nose dries, poke the balloon with a pin at the knot and remove it.
Slide the dowel through the bottom opening until the inserted end rests against the top of the head. Tape over the opening. Anchor the dowel with another layer of papier-mache.
Paint on a face, covering the entire head with a skin-tone base before adding features. For hair, cut strips of construction paper. Use the straight edge of the scissors (adults only) to curl the ends. Then, glue the paper locks onto the head.