Wednesday, 11 June 2014


Less people are buying newspapers now, reading news online......thank goodness those that do, are willing to donate them to schools.   In the past they would be used for keeping table clean.   But by the end of the summer term they are sculptures,  technological  constituents and objects of great desire.   SHOES


Pixie boots, clown shoes, moccasins, flip flops, moon boots.   It seemed the list was endless ( unlike the cellotape)  

Teachers dreamed of elegant cocktail parties, and long summer weddings.

Pupils worked together in small groups.  The brief was simple - one shoe, to fit a member of the team, must come on and off. 

The challenges were endless.  
 Making newspaper as strong as leather without relying on the tape, folding, joining, crumpling,  making laces, buckles, football boot studs, heels, bows and bells.   And only using scissors for cutting the tape.

We had to stop the children wearing them home!


  1. This reminds me of a field trip I took my primary students on years ago. It was to an art exhibit on historic shoes. After visiting the exhibit the docents had the kids create shoes kind of like this with paper and a variety of decorations (feathers, colored paper, fabric, etc.) It was amazing to see what the kids could create in a limited time! I love the jester's shoe in the above photo. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Mrs-Crosbie, just found your blog as shared via Jean over at! I am SO Happy I have! Thank you for sharing this project! I might even be able to get my TEEN to 'play dress up' with this fun art activity. I know my 5yr old & I will enjoy. Many Thanks, New Follower :D

  3. Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for sharing! I love this idea for a first day of school ice breaker kind of challenge!

  4. How much tape did you allow them?

  5. How much tape did you allow them?

  6. This is a great and creative idea. To follow your lead, during a creative arts class in college we had to create a wearable piece of clothing and show them to other teachers in our building. FUN!

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