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Simple monster craft: Having a monsters’ ball!

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We have made a simple monster craft with the kids - have a monsters ball...or at least make a monster with one!

This month, for our Bostik Bloggers challenge, we have been challenged with creating something along the theme of monsters.

I let the kids loose and here is what we have come up with…a monsters’ ball *sort of*

Materials

  • Two polystyrene balls
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Lolly pop sticks
  • Wooden pegs and cotton reels
  • Deco pens
  • Bostik extra strong glue dots
  • Bostik White glue
  • Assorted pom-poms; two sizes
  • Bubble weave look bands

1. Grab your polystyrene balls, and decide the colour you would like your monster to be. My daughter made a abominable snow king with a crown, so hers was white. My son opted for a blue fierce, but friendly fella ;-). Use the deco pens to paint the polystyrene ball if you need to.

2. You can now let you kids imaginations run wild with the monster’s features. We have a few ideas for you though, of course. For eyes, we have used both the Deco pens and a large and a small pom-pom to make. Glue dots stick the pom-poms on to the ball well. Use the white glue to attach the two pom-poms to each other.

Our monster craft eyes are made from two pom-poms or alternatively use deco pens to draw them on.

3. Our ideas for feet vary too:

  • Lollipop sticks; we made two feet by chopping the ends of some larger lollipop sticks. You can then stick them on to your monster with glue dots
  • Cotton reels; the extra strong glue dots are great for fixing cotton reels to your monster as feet too. We added little black marks to give him toes too.

4. Clearly, the best monster hair is made with pipe cleaners. We have accessorised them by adding a loom band to each, and double wrapping two together to give multi-coloured spiked hair. It’s a look, right?

Loom band on monster craft hair - does it work for you?

5. Hands are also made from pipe cleaners too – our adominable snow king has a snowball pom-pom in one of his hands too, naturally. Can you spot it in the picture above?

6. Make the mouths how you like too! We have given one of our monsters a tongue. We painted the end of. Lollipop stick to give this effect. My son decided to draw on his mouth, but  you could make some teeth if you wanted too – perhaps with a few white beads.

7. Finally, add anything else you like – they are monsters after all, so they most definitely don’t have to conform to anything at all! We have horns made from small wooden pawns/pegs, as well as a crown for our snow king. However, you can do whatever you want to, the monster is yours!

So here you go – our monsters. When we were finished, we took the monsters out in the garden for a bit of a play – our monster’s made from balls, were having a ball! ;-)

Looking for monsters to make with the kids? Try these out - we found them really easy to do, but it was perfect for helping the kids explore their own ideas. All you need is a simple polystyrene ball and a few standard crafty bits.

Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parent blog! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 80%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

Rose

Monday 29th of June 2015

These are some adorable little monsters!

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