Making smashed monsters is a favorite craft project each year. It is simple and can be tackled by almost any age range. I’m actually surprised how much my children still seem to enjoy this. All you really need is some paper (construction paper seems to hold up better) tempera or other washable paint, and your choice of extra decorating tools. We added googly eyes, glitter, and some markers for legs and arms.
To make your monsters you will first fold your paper in half. open the paper and drop and nice glob of paint in the fold. Close the paper and squish. This is the fun part, just squash the paint around. Now open and take a look at your monster. It is sort of like an ink blot test. It is all up to you now, decide what your monster looks like and do some creating.
For monster week we had “mummy dogs” (hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls” and watched Underwraps. There are some other good family friendly monster movies. Girl Vs Monster, The Boy Who Cried Werewolf, and Goosebumps are all good options. For videos this week we watched Bellwitch & Mothman, The Boggycreek Monster, Monster Hunters and American Monsters, so we focused a little more on cryptids than more traditional monsters.