These shape monsters are super simple and super easy to make – and they were such a hit with my kids that I think we’ll make some as part of Emma’s craft-themed birthday party next month!
I gave each kid a sheet of construction paper, a bunch of shape foam stickers, and googly eyes, and set them free! I love the individuality of each creation! Two-year-old Lily’s (above) I find especially charming in its wonkiness!
Four-year-old Johnny loves symmetry, and it shows in his artwork! I like that he came and asked for extra eyes after I gave each kid only two to start with. He had a vision of what he wanted to create! Johnny is very into both snowmen and robots right now, and I think his monster reflects both of those interests!
Five-year-old Emma has been making little guys like this out of paper for a couple weeks now! I think they are cute, and this one feels a bit wistful to me somehow.
I keep a stash of fun craft supplies for emergencies – times when we need to keep the kids busy in a peaceful way – and foam stickers are always a popular choice for the kids! They love the texture, and it takes a little bit longer for them to peel the backings off – buying me a little bit of extra time! This was our first time using peel-and-stick googly eyes. Normally we just glue them on, and in many cases I think that’s the better option. I had to peel the backings off of these, even for Emma.
What are your favorite emergency craft supplies? Do you have a favorite quick and easy kid craft to share?
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MaryAnne lives is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.
18 thoughts on “Quick & Easy Kid Craft: Shape Monsters”
So unique and special, especially given that they reflect each of your children’s interests. I really enjoying giving each of my children the same supplies and seeing what they come up with – invariably, Blakie can turn anything into a dog :)
Stickers and wrapping paper featuring pictures are two supplies I have on hand for “emergency” times. My children like to use some stickers to incorporate into a drawing. Wrapping paper with different pictures is excellent to because they can cut out an image from it, glue (or tape) it onto a sheet of paper and also use this to inspire a drawing.
Cool! I love how they are all so different and how you can see your kids’ personalities in their creations :)
These are adorable and look like lots of fun. They remind me of some shape monster cards we did a while back and my son ADORED doing those.
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I love that you used foam pieces for this! We do this craft with peel and stick felt sometimes. It is such a great no-mess activity. I can’t wait to try it with the foam. One of my favorite emergency craft supplies is food coloring. It makes great watercolor paint in a pinch. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve pulled out the watercolor trays, only to discover they are too murky to save.
Love these, and the explanation of each child’s inspiration/creativity behind them. Glad you’re feeling better, and that you have emergency craft supplies on hand! :) Now if only those sticker backings would unpeel themselves…
Thanks for your comment and I really appreciate your linky. You should definitely try the house experiment. The kids thought it was pretty fun!
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Nice, no mess craft and so cut, I mean SCARY!!! We do lots of plain old drawing to pass the time – We go through so much paper it’s crazy! I love the idea of the sticker foam shapes – thanks for the tip!
We go through paper like crazy, too! Love seeing them draw so much, though!
Love these! So simple and so artsy looking! I have a big tub of ‘collage materials’- shapes, foam, felt, pom poms (really just left overs from other projects) that the girls use to make collages when the inspiration comes. I find that calling a project a collage allows my eldest to shake her perfectionism- it’s always right if it’s a collage!
Looks like fun! Paper, markers, and crayons are our emergency craft supplies!
They are very cute! An emergency craft? Go read a book, Anna!
sometimes my emergency art project is just letting the kids squeeze out a tube of glitter glue. HA!
I love this! Totally going to do this some afternoon. :-)
Princess makes those same paper guys, and carries them everywhere!
Have you read the book “Spookley the Square Pumpkin?” This activity goes great with that book.
I love the shape monsters your kids made!
Each monster is just as unique as the kiddos that made them. Very cool!
We have never used foam stickers. I cant wait to see what my kiddos would come up with.
Thanks for sharing all your creative crafts MaryAnne!
P.S. How are you feeling today?
I started feeling better yesterday, and am down to just feeling pregnant today. Huge improvement!!! Thanks for asking =)
Foam stickers are a lot of fun. They can be hard to get off of some surfaces though – like our well-loved dining room table…
I love their monsters! They look like modern art.
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