Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Plate Monsters

I recently bought the plate monster mask craft pack from Early Learning Centre. Kidder's not one for abstract art. He needs some direction, purpose, he needs to see the finishing line. Hand him a pot of paints, a tub of glue and a load of bits and he'd be great at sticking his fingers to his armpits, and painting the dog a stunning shade of  'once-was-purple' brown. Creating a masterpiece (and I mean through the eyes of me, the parent) is not, without guidance, one of his strong points. He also has a bit of a temper, so throwing sequins, glitter and wobbly eyes all over the house is also a speciality of his.

If you buy the pack from ELC, which is great value for money in my opinion, it comes with 'instructions' on how to make four different plate monsters. Kidder and myself didn't follow these monsters as he was feeling artistic and wanted to great an individual piece (or that's how we're playing it, anyway).

We used a coloured plate as a monster face and first of all stuck some feathers around the top for the monster's hair. We then folded a circle of card in half and placed it at the bottom of the plate as the monster's mouth. Using a fluffy bobbly ball, we created a nose with just a dab of glue to the top of the mouth area.

I try, but I'm no genius, and using children's PVA glue to stick a large lollipop to the back of a paper plate was proving problematic. So, after decorating our large lolly stick with some colourful sequins we sellotaped it to the back of the plate.

*Break here whilst child has tantrum and throws sequins around room in an artistic rage, followed by kicking the floor and insisting that continuing with the craft session is NOT what they want to be doing*

Once he'd composed himself (two days later) we continued to make our plate monster. His mood was a lot brighter and in his defence he was previously brewing a fever, so I will allow the tantrum and let it pass on this one occasion.

I then cut out three large white paper circles and three smaller black paper circles. I cut a quarter away from each of the black circles. These were to be our monster's eyes. I didn't think that it mattered too much that the circles weren't perfect and were a bit jagged in places - it all adds to the character.

I also cut a cylinder shape out of white paper and then cut it in half, as well as another half semi-circle, all of which were to be the monster's teeth.

Kidder, being too young to do all of the cutting, then stuck all of the eyes to the coloured plate to make our monster come to life and glued the teeth into the monsters mouth to give him some bite.

For the finishing touches we sellotaped two coloured small, slim lollipop sticks to the top of the monster face, on the back. To add some more character, Kidder glued to smaller fluffy pom-pom balls the top of these sticks.

There are so many more variations of our monster mask, just let your imagination be your guide. We'd love to see yours too!

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