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.
- 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)