Did you grow up in a neighborhood where all the kids played together? You know the kind where kids couldn’t wait to get home to play. The kind where school afternoons led to hours of running, creating, and memory making with all the neighborhood kids. I didn’t know they still exist. But somehow with our recent move we lucked into one of those old school neighborhoods, and we are all loving it.
Most days the kids play outdoors and come up with their own creative games and inventions. It’s play at it’s best! But recently while working on an art project with some of the kids they asked if I’d set up some activities for them a couple of times a week. I thought this would be a lot of fun, so I told them I’d set up one art activity and one science activity each week. It’ll be something simple that they can come in and do at their leisure after school.
This silly monster craft collage art is one of the activities we’ve set up so far, and I love how they turned out.
I started by gathering some items from the recycling bin and setting up this simple invitation to create including:
- Egg cartons
- Tacky glue
- Acrylic paint (if you have cardboard egg cartons you can use tempera paint)
- Cardboard squares
- Paint brushes
The kids first chose a piece of cardboard to paint as the face. They painted it whatever color they wanted. Then we set it aside to dry.
While the cardboard dried we discussed what facial features a monster might have. Then we talked about the different shapes we could make out of the egg cartons. I tried to guide the discussion to help the kids brainstorm without giving my own opinions. I wanted the activity to be process based, and I stressed that the monsters could look any way the kids wanted. (That didn’t stop them from copying each other a bit, but I tried. 🙂 )
After we talked the girls cut out different shapes from the egg cartons. Egg cartons can be a little tricky to cut, so supervise and assist as needed. If you are working with younger preschoolers, you might also pre-cut a few egg carton shapes to be used at random.
Next the kids painted the egg carton shapes and we let them dry while they went outside to play. Once everything was they glued the pieces on using tacky glue. Then they put the final touches on with a little more paint to add more details.
Little sister may have copied big sister a bit, but they were both very proud of their creations. And I think they are super cute!
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