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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Snowglobes

Materials

  • Small glass jar, like a baby food jar
  • Little figurines and scenery
  • Glitter
  • Hot glue gun & glue
  • Fabric scraps

Instructions

  1. If together, unscrew the lid from the jar.  Arrange some small figurines and scenery inside the lid. Hot glue the scene down in the lid.
  2. Pour a bit of glitter into the jar. Fill with water.
  3. Screw the lid back on the jar. Hot glue around the edge of where the lid and jar meet. This will prevent the snowglobe from being opened.
  4. Take a small fabric scrap and hot glue it around the edge of the lid.
  5. Flip over the jar and the snowglobe is complete.

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

Silly Sentences

At first glance, this isn't a craft. Silly Sentences is actually an educational game available for purchase. The basic idea is to create fun, absurd sentences using puzzle pieces which are separated into nouns, verbs, prepositions, and other parts of speech.

To turn this into an art project, let the kids illustrate these entertaining lines. To make it a writing activity, use the silly sentence to spark a story idea.

Materials

  • Silly Sentences puzzle tiles

Instructions

Toplay with a few kids, divide the pieces between each person. Take turns playing a fitting piece until the sentence is completed.

To play as a group, keep all of the pieces in one pile and let each person choose a piece that will fit.

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