Super simple, but super effective, this interactive and tactile craft incorporates coloring, cutting, threading and sticking, so is ideal for pre-schoolers and school early years.
Children can use all of their imagination and creativity to create monsters of their own design – will they be silly or scary?
Scrap Cardboard (an old Amazon box is perfect)
White Paper or Cardstock for Printing
Paints, crayons or colored pencils
Different colored yarn or Ribbon
Gluestick or PVA Glue
Color in the monster’s features; the horns, mouth and eyes. Remember that you don’t need to color in the monster’s head – we’re just using that as a template for the finished piece.
Once the monster features are colored, carefully out all of the elements from the template.
Place your monster head onto a piece of thick brown cardboard and draw around it with a pencil. Then cut it out – be careful though, as this kind of cardboard is a little trickier to cut than usual thin cardstock.
Now make small slits, about an inch apart, all the way around the edge of the monster’s head.
Now it’s time to get wrapping! Starting at the top, secure the end of the yarn firmly, and begin to wrap the yarn around the head, working from slit to slit.
You can use one color of yarn, but we love the effect that you can create by using different colors – we are making monsters, after all!
And because we’re making bright and bold monsters, you don’t need to worry about your yarn being neat. If you made our yarn wrapped fox, you’ll remember that we asked you to wrap the yarn carefully, with all of the strands going in the same direction. With these monsters, we want you to be positively messy! Wrap up, down, left, right – it will all add to the monster effect!
When your monster is all wrapped up, secure the loose end carefully so it doesn’t come undone.
Finally, stick on the monster features and give them a good press down so they’re nice and secure. And there you have it – colorful, funny, funky monsters that you can use for decoration or for play. Have fun!
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