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Monster Box

Sweet Pea is 4 years old.

From: I found these cute “Tattle Monsters” from Giggles Galore.   Although those monsters were made by Mariah for her classroom, I thought a Sweet Pea would be able to make something similar with a little help.  As a bonus, our monster also serves as a fun Halloween decoration.


  • Empty Kleenex box.
  • Paper tube from an empty roll of toilet paper.
  • 2 pom-poms.
  • 1 piece of paper.
  • 2 colors of craft paint.
  • Small bowls to hold the paint.
  • Paint brush.
  • A foam circle stamp, the end of a short dowel rod, a bottle cap or something else that can be used to “stamp” a 1/2″ circle.
  • Scissors.
  • Sharpie.
  • Glue.


  • Cut the toilet paper tube in half.
  • Have your child select a paint color and paint the outside of the Kleenex box and the paper tube.  Let the box and tube dry.
  • Have your tot paint the box and tube again with a second coat. Let the second coat dry.

  • Show your tot how dip the stamp into paint and then “dot” it on the Kleenex box to make polka-dots.  Also let her decorate the paper tube and allow everything to dry again.
  • Using the Kleenex box as template, draw a rectangle on the piece of paper.  Cut out the rectangle so it is slightly (1/2 inch) smaller than the Kleenex box.
  •  Draw a zig-zag line across the rectangle with the sharpie and let your tot cut along it to create the jagged monster teeth.
  • Glue the teeth into the monster’s mouth.

  •  Glue one pom-pom inside each paper tube.

  •  Glue the paper tubes to the Kleenex box.  I rotated the tubes so the eyes were against the sides instead of at the bottom of the tubes.
  • If you need a few minutes of free time, require your tot to stand and hold the pom-poms or paper tubes in place for 3 or 4 minutes while the glue dries.  😉

Observations: Sweet Pea really, really loved her monster box.

She had an especially good time painting the Kleenex box, and I am now trying to think up other random things I can let her paint.

This activity could be adapted for a wide variety of ages, but it is probably best for preschoolers and up.

Notes from the Trenches:  I forgot about the tip from Giggles Galore to “stamp” the dots onto the monster and instead had Sweet Pea just paint them on.  She had a really hard time of it and just painted swipes of orange all over the box.   I was able to keep my inner perfectionist under control and didn’t yank the paintbrush out of her sweet little hands and just do it myself… But just barely.  🙂

Rating: 3 Stars * (Fun, Easy, Frugal)


2 comments to Monster Box

  • Hema

    Im becoming your fan…. such great craft ideas, makes me think that there is so many things to do and im so short of time….
    Hats off to u n ur little one 🙂

  • I found your blog through a google search for tot tray ideas! you’ve got some fabulous stuff on here! thanks for sharing!!! I’m following you now and look forward to reading more! :_

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