Monster Mash-Up Book

This cute mix-n-match flip book can produce some hilarious results! Make it as scary as you want or add more pages to make more combinations.

Materials

  • 2 pieces of white printer paper
  • 1 piece of construction paper (at least the same size as the white paper)
  • Markers
  • Stapler & staples
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Fold all of the papers in half length-wise (so the page is 4 ¼” x 11”)
  2. Place the pages inside of each other like a book, with the construction paper as the cover.
  3. Staple the pages together at the fold. To do so, unfold the pages and staple through the 3 pages at the crease. Close back up like a book.
  4. Cut the white inside pages horizontally into thirds. The top third will be for heads, the middle for bodies, and the bottom for legs.
  5. On the first page (all of the thirds) draw a creature, keeping the body sections separated. Repeat for the rest of the 3 pages.
  6. Flip the different page sections to mix and match body parts and create weird looking monsters.

Tips

  • It takes more time, but the book looks nice when the body sections align somewhat. Try your best!

Collage of Yourself

Materials

  • Small front facing headshot of child printed out

  • Magazines (National Geographic works really well)

  • Scissors

  • Glue

Instructions

  1. For this project, the kids cut out their heads from the photo. Then they searched through the magazines to find legs, arms, tails, whatever body parts they wanted to make. Have kids cut out their heads from the photo. 
  2. Have kids search through magazines to find and cut out:

    • A full page to use as a backdrop

    • Body parts

    • Other things they wanted to add to the background

  3. Put the collage together and glue. 

Tips

  • Encourage the kids to be creative with this project - some of the more interesting finished projects didn’t use animal or human parts for bodies but parts of plants or machinery.

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Matryoshka Pockets

Matryoshka dolls, more commonly known as Russian Nesting Dolls, are usually made from carved and intricately painted wood. A small doll nests inside a larger doll, which nests inside an even larger doll. A set is made of five dolls. This version of Matryoshka dolls are made from paper, though.

Materials

  • 5 sheets of paper cut to these sizes:
    • Doll 1: 8 ½” x 11” paper
    • Doll 2: 7 ½” x 10” paper
    • Doll 3: 6 ½” x 9” paper
    • Doll 4: 5 ½” x 8” paper
    • Doll 5: 4 ½” x 7” paper

  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Coloring materials

Instructions

 

1.       Lay one sheet of paper horizontally.

 

4.       Fold the right side (the rectangular part) in one-third of the way. Repeat so the entire rectangle portion of the paper is folded.

 

7.       To make the smaller dolls, trim an inch off the paper size of the previous doll both vertically and horizontally. Repeat steps 1-5 with each paper to make a set of dolls. When all of the dolls are folded, color them!

2.       Take the bottom right corner and fold it up diagonally to create a triangle. There will be a small strip of extra paper to the left of the triangle.

 

5.       Repeat so the entire rectangular part is folded.

 

3.       Fold the paper in half horizontally by bringing the bottom edge up to the top edge. Turn over.

 

6.       Fold the triangular flap to the right, over the rectangle. In the corner, there should be a pocket. Tuck the flap into this pocket. Turn over. This is the largest nesting doll.

 

Source

  • Book: "Handmade Tales: Stories to Make and Tell" by Dianne de Las Casas

Artist Biography Books

Artist biography books are a fun way to teach kids a little art history. These books contain a short biography of an artist to read aloud, an example of their work, and the bookmaker's interpretation and impressions of the artist.

We make one book about each artist, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. We used photocopies of a book's (see Sources below) biographies and painting examples which were then cut out and glued to the book pages. Tweak this project to your heart's content, though. Two ideas are to make one book including both Picasso and Matisse, or include little biographies about other artists.

Materials

  • Several sheets of construction paper (depending on how many pages you want in your book)

  • Paper scraps or drawing materials

  • Stapler w/ staples

  • Glue sticks

  • Print outs of biographical information, Picasso painting example, etc. (See Sources or click image at bottom for PDFs)

 

Instructions

  1. Fold a few pieces construction paper in half (short end to short end) to serve as the outer cover and pages of the book. Tuck them inside each other and staple along the inside crease.

  2. Using the example painting as a model, decorate the cover in the style of Picasso. Using the paper scraps makes a more interesting visual than markers, but use anything.

  3. Cut out and paste the biography and painting example inside the book.

  4. On the last page, write your thoughts about Picasso - do you like his art work? How did you use his ideas/style in your own artwork on the cover?

Source

  • Book: " What’s the Big Idea?: Activities and Adventures in Abstract Art” by Joyce Raimondo

  • For more artist biographies, check out these websites:
CLICK THE IMAGE ABOVE FOR PRINTOUTS

CLICK THE IMAGE ABOVE FOR PRINTOUTS

 

Many Pointed Star

Materials

  • Triangle pattern printed on cardstock (PDF below)
  • Duct tape or paint & brushes
  • Masking tape

Instructions

  1. Cut out the triangles on the pattern. There are 30 triangles per page. You will need 60.
  2. Tape three triangles together to make 20 pyramids (without bottoms).
  3. Tape two sets of five pyramids together along bottom edges.
  4. On both sets, tape five more pyramids on the edges.
  5. Reinforce all the edges so that the star is solid.
  6. Cover the star with duct tape or paint.

Tips

  • Make sure there is plenty of tape on the edges so the star does not fall apart.
  • It helps younger kids to have cut out for them.
  • This project takes a lot of time.
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