Little Loft Project: Monsters

We love making monsters at Little Loft! Our L.L. library contains great children's books that not only take the fear out of monsters but lead to imaginative ways of creating our very own.

This little guy was inspired by Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin. Use drips of liquid watercolor from droppers and crazy crayon scribbles for the body. Add sharp teeth and googily eyes to give your monster a fierce, yet charming, personality. For the toddler in your life.

Very wet, drippy, painty, multi-eyed monsters. 

Very wet, drippy, painty, multi-eyed monsters. 

What do you get when you mix neon paint, google eyes, and straws? A trio of little creatures!  Squirt of a few globs of paint on poster board and use a straw to blow air over the wet paint to create cool amorphous shapes. Glue on a couple eyes, or ten.  Best for ages four and up.

Monster pop-ups with their own narrative. 

Monster pop-ups with their own narrative. 

These monster pop-ups were made using the same technique as above. Pencil drawing details were added after the paint dried. We cut around the monsters and glued them to a folded piece of paper with pop-outs. This gave the artists a chance to take their monster creations to the next level by adding a narrative. Great storytelling/art activity for ages five to ten.

Some monster books we recommend: Leonardo, The Terrible Monster by Mo Willems,
Jumpy Jack and Googily by Meg Rosoff, Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberly and Mostly Monsterly by Tammi Sauer.

What are some of your family's favorite monster books? Let us know and please join us on October 26th for some monster making fun!