Cardboard Monsters

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Now that the monkey’s a bit older, she tends to take over and tweak her own ideas for projects.  It’s been a while since I set something up with a fairly specific goal in mind, but since first grade (with all its new rules) is about to start and we’ve been working on following instructions (WITHOUT complaining), I decided to set up a project using pretty much things I had around the house.

So I decided we’d make some monster masks.

When she came home from summer daycare, I had it all laid out on the kitchen table, ready to go:  glue, sparkles, google eyes, puffballs, foam, washable paints, scissors, tape, construction paper, some scraps of fur from my monster dolls, and a couple of cardboard boxes from the recycle bin.  The key here is to set it up so that it’s stress-free, and you’re not worrying about paint splashing onto nice things, so I laid out a tablecloth, and put a messy shirt for her to change into.  A little prep work, and making messes isn’t so bad.

1 setupShe was excited right away, and started making her own ideas up, which is usually okay, but as I said, we’re working on following directions–so I asked her if she could start by painting the boxes, and THEN we could decorate them.  I tried to work a little ahead of her, so she could see what I was going for.  (In hindsight, it might’ve helped for her to see a final version to shoot for, but ain’t nobody got time f’that.  That would’ve meant either that I’d be doing a kid project twice, or that she’d be doing it on her own while looking at my final piece, and for me, the purpose is to do it TOGETHER.)

2 paintingSo we painted and decorated… and since she’s pretty fast, BOOM–she was finished with her monster “mask” in no time!  I love that she made a little unicorn horn.  The funny thing is that I had THOUGHT I’d make a horn, but didn’t get a chance before she beat me to it…

4 mylaMine was pretty fancy shmancy, I must say.  Quite sparkly and glam.  I may need to wear it grocery shopping, to a family gathering, or to my next monster shaman voodoo dancer tribe meeting.

5 meSo there ya go.  …Now what else are we going to do for the other 16 hours of the day?!?

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3 responses

  1. Reblogged this on We Called Him Lucky and commented:
    Boxes! A Mum’s good old friend 😊 what will we do without boxes?!

    ❤️

  2. It looks like you had a lot of creative, messy fun.

  3. Great idea! Messes can be so fun and wonderful when you’re set up for them. Great post. Thanks for sharing.

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