A Monstrous Good Time

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Kim Kesti

Hello again, fellow summer fans!

I’m so happy you’ve joined me for the third in my Not Bummer Summer blog series.

We’re scooping up the last few days of summer and really trying to savor them.

Since summer in our home is really all about the kids, I’d love to share a kid-friendly craft that we recently enjoyed.

It started out with this:

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A lovely set of homemade play dough…that morphed into this:

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A cute little monster parade! How fun is that?

Here’s how it happened.

After cooking up two batches of dough (see my blog for more about this adventure), the kids helped me add food coloring. We had fun trying to get that perfect shade of lime green. (Mixing the colors was educational, too.)

Then, I dug around in my studio and found all sorts of paper crafting paraphernalia that would great for our creations.

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My circle punches came in handy for these. I added some adorable googly eyes and glued toothpicks behind to hold them to the dough. (I used tacks for those flatter white eyes).

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A little more raiding in my bins found stick pins and several kinds of brads I’ve had hanging around forever.

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A little more creative paper crafting yielded some hats, mittens, crowns and even a mustache for the more debonair monster. Hee.

The kids had a ball creating their monsters/aliens/creatures and I had a ball watching their imagination in action.

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Then, of course, we had to have a Monster Parade to show Dad.

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I know you’ll have as much fun as I did sharing this craft with your kids. Okay, I admit – that cutie pie creature leading the parade was made by my 16-year-old. She had just as much fun as the younger kids playing with the dough!

I’ll be back in two weeks for the last in my Not Bummer Summer series. I’ll show you a great way to wrap up the summer.

Thanks so much!

Kim Kesti,
Paper Crafts Go-to Gal

P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Kerri’s Sneak Peek of our September/October Issue post!

1. Kim G. (Aug. 17, 5:06 a.m.)
2. Trena P. (Aug. 16, 8:38 a.m.)
3. Mary Beth Past (Aug. 16, 4:18 p.m.)

Congrats, winners! Kelly will be contacting you shortly to discuss your prizes and get your mailing address. Thanks to all who left comments!

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11 Responses to A Monstrous Good Time

  1. sandee says:

    hose are soooo cute, but now let’s tell the truth Kim, which monster did you create, I know you had to have had one creation in the parade! I know I would have! ;0

  2. indy says:

    Monsters! I love these monsters! So bright, colorful, and FUN!!!!!

  3. LOVE the monsters! You are never too old to play with playdough (or make it)!! Now, I really want to make some….

  4. cheiron says:

    These are too cute! I know a little monster who would love to make some.

  5. Cute project. I love the little monster parade…

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  7. What a fun project for kids, Kim! Thanks so much for the idea, I will sure be doing this with my son :)

  8. Heather K says:

    What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Annette says:

    what a fun idea… I LOVE THEM..

  10. Jocelyn says:

    What a super cool idea, Kim!

  11. Kelly Sas says:

    You are such a fun creative mom!

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