Friday, October 19, 2012

Make a Monster From Everyday Items

by Samantha from LittleHandsBigWork.com
for ages  2 and up with Adult Participation

There is nothing like letting your little one use their own imagination to create a cute, unscary or funny monster. Use recycled materials to create a reusable monster face! This activity encourages creativity and works fine motor skills.


Materials needed:
  • Tin can
  • Paint
  • Magnets
  • Recyclables; caps, baby food lids, lost balls from old games, plastic cups, feathers, shredded paper, yarn or feathers.
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Directions: Paint it however you would like(I spray painted) or leave it plain. Start having the kids draw mouths and eyes on the baby food lids and other materials. For the yarn and crinkle hair we just put a bunch of glue in a baby food cap and then stuck it in there:) Then just hot glue all of the items to magnets! You could skip this step and glue it right to the can;) With five children and a preschool to run, I like things that are reusable by many children. You’re done! Now start creating!!!
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I loved that even though the big kids made it, the little kids could play too! You could just make this activity for a younger child, just make sure you supervise if you use any choking hazard pieces!
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The best part is all of the pieces can be stored in the can!
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Samantha is a stay at home mom of five children under the age of five. She teaches preschool from her home and loves it! She loves coming up with unique ways for her children and students to learn because when kids are having fun they learn so much better! You can find more activities and fun stuff at Samantha's blog Little Hands Big Work.

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