Most children love monsters, and creating them in craft activities is always loads of fun as it allows their vivid imaginations to roam unfettered. Monsters can be any shape and size, and therefore all sorts of household bits and pieces can be used to make them.
This activity uses simple easily-sourced materials including cardboard boxes (of any type) and scrap paper, as well as child-friendly scissors, glue and felt-tipped pens. I always find that local retailers are more than happy to provide parents and teachers with waste cardboard packaging, so they’re usually my first stop when I’m collecting materials for this kind of activity.
You can use boxes of any size, but I usually try to limit them to about 30cm by 20cm. If they’re any larger young children tend to get bored as the activity can drag on too long, while the use of smaller boxes can make it finish too quickly. However, creating larger monsters would be a great activity for a group of children, so if you’re a teacher or child-care provider perhaps you may want to give this a try.
As with many children’s craft activities this one is extremely flexible. There are no hard and fast rules, and you can make your monsters as simple or as elaborate as you like, depending on the age and level of ability of the children you’re working with. As this activity is quite simple most older children will be competent to work independently. However, littler ones will definitely need adult assistance with the cutting and pasting.
Finally, this activity encourages the development of fine motor skills, so remember that even if your children struggle to ‘properly’ use the scissors and glue, simply fiddling around with these items is so beneficial for their development.
: 1 hour
: Any Age
#Fine motor skills
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