Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Colorful Paper Plate Monster Craft

I love the Monster Marker Prints shared by Housing a Forest.

Last weekend I needed a quick & easy monster craft for our Halloween Carnival. I wanted a project that could be easily transported when wet and simple enough that kids could do it semi-independently. We adapted Housing a Forest's monster prints a little bit and they were a hit!

We love how these colorful paper plate monster crafts turned out!

Head on over to read the full tutorial on Housing a Forest's blog.

For our carnival, after kids colored their coffee filter with markers, they stuck it on a paper plate and then sprayed it with a spray bottle of water. Once wet, the coffee filter stuck to the paper plate and the colors spread all over.

While waiting for the wet colors to dry, kids added embellishments like mouths and googly eyes to their monsters using glue.

Since glue goes right through the coffee filter, it was good to have the paper plate as a base to the craft to keep things less messy!

The kids had a ball with the varied sizes of googly eyes and then cut paper scraps for other embellishments.

The paper plates stayed dry and were a great base for this project since some of the coffee filters weren't dry when kids went home from our carnival.

A few of the parents even joined in and wanted to make their own. Definitely a successful & simple craft!

If your kiddos love monsters, you might want to try this craft and then read Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley or There's a Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer. 

You can check out our other favorite Toddler Approved monster crafts & activities here.

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