Gluing down some tissue paper.
The kids created their own monster masks using paper plates as a base. I cut some eye holes, and then they got started decorating their masks. We started by placing tissue paper over the plate to create the monster’s skin. Once we’d glued the tissue paper down, A chose to leave her tissue paper loose around the edge as a bit of a frill. L chose to push the edges of her tissue paper around to the back of the plate and glue it down.
Gluing the edges down.
The kids used some crepe paper to add fur, felt and foam for horns, mouth and ears. L added a silver tail to her mask too. And then it was glitter glue and more glitter glue. A used lots of glitter glue to create some pretty sparkly teeth that haven taken a couple of days to dry in our damp weather.
Adding a glitter glue nose.
I added a large pop-stick to the back of the plate to help support the mask, and then another large pop-stick at the bottom of the mask for the kids to hold it.
A adding purple fur.
Glitter glue teeth.
When I took photos of the kids using their masks, they growled and roared for me. They also ran out wearing their masks to scare Big L when he got home from work.
L modelling her monster mask.
A modelling her monster mask.
My little monster!
Using some green paper and green cardboard we made some monster horns to wear. I cut the green paper into strips, stapling two together and then placing it around the each child’s head to get the right size for the headband.
The monster headband.
I cut out some horn shapes from the green cardboard, and then we stapled two horns to each headband. Then the kids used glitter confetti glue to decorate their monster horns. They became very sparkly, and A described her horns as monster tiaras (currently she would like to be a princess when she grows up).
A spreading glitter glue.
L adding glitter glue carefully.
My big monster!
The hand-print monsters worked so well, I thought we would have a go at painting monsters. And if it involves paint, A is always keen!
A started by painting a monster with lots of legs and arms, and then she told me she was going to paint a mermaid monster, but then she changed her mind, and painted a pink, blue, green and purple blob. When it was dry, she turned this blob into a monster using markers, paper cut-out teeth and eyes. She even added a heart on the monster’s chest. She also used markers on her first painting to add details such as eyelashes, pupils and a tongue.
A’s blob monster.
We made some squish paintings to use for creating more paint monsters using markers after they were dry.
L made a magical cat monster with blue and yellow magic all around it, and a large green tail. There was a monster with one eye in its bottom, and lots and lots of brains all over its body. According to L, this monster also has the ability to shoot brains from its sides to defeat its enemies. Her third monster was a hypnotising monster, with swirls for eyes and nose and green spiky horns and swirly arms. If you look at this monster for too long you would come under it’s control, and you would have to do anything that it wanted you to. L has a very good imagination!
L’s magical cat monster.
L’s brain monster.
L’s hypnotising monster.
Foam sheets are easy and fun to make craft with. They are easy to cut to your desired shape, and they glue together well. We used some foam to make monsters. I cut out the base shapes and let the kids decorate them as they pleased.
A’s monster and flower.
A used plenty of glitter glue to stick on some legs and arms, and lots of rhinestones. She also gave her monster two large eyes and one tiny eye. After A made her monster, she also asked me to cut out a flower for her to decorate using rhinestones and glitter glue.
L made up a monster similar to A’s, using different coloured foam. She gave her monster a tail and some feet, and glitter glue for eyebrows and mouth. She cut up some scraps of foam into tiny pieces and spread them onto some craft glue to form a spiky looking beard and spiky hair for her monster. L made a second monster of her own design, cutting the orange foam into a ghost-like shape, and adding eyes, rhinestones and glitter glue for its features. I liked these monsters so much that L gave them to me to put up on my bedroom door.
Adding legs to her monster.
Decorated flower head.
Brown paper lunch bags have many uses, and just one of these is making puppets. The most important thing to do before decorating the bag, is to make sure that the opening of the bag is at the bottom, so one’s hand can be placed inside the bag, and the puppet is up the right way!
A’s monster puppet.
L’s monster puppet.
I brought out a range of collage materials for the kids to use in making their puppets, and let them decide what to use and how their puppets would look.
Gluing on eyes and nostrils.
A glued on some muffin cases with blue paper circles in them for eyes, and then she covered most of the bag with feathers. Her’s is a feathery monster, and the little pompoms around the eyes are actually nostrils. Somewhere, buried in the feathers, is a white ribbon mouth too, and some gold ribbon for legs and arms.
L also used some muffin cases for eyes, but she used her’s upside down with a pipe cleaner through them, and attached the piper cleaner to the bag using staples. Another piper cleaner was turned into teeth in a paper mouth, and her monster had some feathers for arms.
These monster puppets were fun to create, and now they are fun to play with!
Upside down muffin cases as eyes.
I put out a tray of pom poms, a tub of googly eyes and some glue, and let the kids’ imaginations go wild making monsters.
I thought these were arms, but A told me they are monster ears.
L made a very elaborate monster using lots of pom poms. She did all the gluing and construction herself, while A needed some help with the glue. L managed to stick one of the pom poms to her finger, and another to the table though, so perhaps she also would have benefited from some help with the glue!
L’s monster nurse.
When L had finished her monster, I asked about her monster’s head. I though the white pom pom with small red pompoms between its black horns, was its brain outside its body. I couldn’t have been more wrong, it is actually a nurse’s hat, as her monster is a monster nurse.
One-eyed worm monster.
A’s first monster had two big fat legs, a head, and big ears. She gave it one big eye on the middle of its head. Her second monster also had only one big eye, so to make up for this, her third monster was covered in eyes. It even has an eye on each of its four legs, and eyes able to look in every directions around its body. A named this last monster ’20 Eyes’.
20 Eyes the monster. There are more eyes on the other side too.