I loved them for 3 reasons. They were inexpensive. They were super easy to prepare for. They encouraged creativity in my grandchildren.
Oh, and my grandchildren got to improve their small motor skills by cutting out the circles and manipulating the things they wanted to put on their monster face. (Um . . .I guess that’s 4 reasons. Oh well.)
My grandchildren loved them for 3 reasons. They loved putting on the dots. In fact, they were enthralled with the dots! They thought the big mouth was fun. Their monsters were goofy and not scary. (Oops. That’s 4 reasons, too. Seems like I have a problem with counting today . . . )
Lemme show you just how easy they were to make.
All you need is some colored cardstock, colored sticky dots from an office supply section of a store, googly eyes, a craft stick, and some glue. (I totally spaced out getting a picture of the needed supplies. Oops!)
On two different pieces of colored cardstock, traced around a small bowl to make a circle. Then, cut out the circles.
Fold one circle in half. Put glue on one half of the outside of the folded circle and glue it to the other circle. This makes the puppet’s mouth.
Then, start decorating your monster. Glue on googly eyes. Add dots. Cut out a tongue from the cardstock and glue it on the inside of the mouth.
Then, glue the monster mouth puppet on a large craft stick. (We initially used a glue stick but that didn’t hold very good. So, I used a glue gun. That worked wonderful!)
I encouraged my grandchildren to add things like teeth, or horns, or ears or spiky hair. But they were so enamored with the dots (and googly eyes) that they didn’t want to. But you, Dear Readers, could!
My grandkids were very proud of their puppets. (Except Elliot. Wait. He WAS proud of his puppet. But when I wanted to take a picture of the grandkids with their monster mouth puppets, he had a meltdown. So, his brother held his puppet for the picture taking.)
(Little Polly didn’t make a puppet. She was rather young. But she sure wanted o get in on the picture. Isn’t she adorable??)