If you have little boys in your life, you also have MONSTERS in your life. I know this. Personally. During the twenty-some years I lived with three daughters, the "M word" was never mentioned. Not once. No reason for it. We were even passed up by those critters who make their living lurking under little kids' beds, grunting and scratching in the middle of the night, alerting parental five alarm flashlight rescue brigades. And we were all okay with that.
But now I have grandsons in my life. And along with them came MONSTERS! And I'm okay with that, too!
I can't really say that they are an obsession here, but certainly they are noted. Pointed out in books. Discussed. Wondered about. Not feared really, but just regarded as curiosities that are part of everyday life. And when you are a grandma who is involved in the everyday lives of your grandsons, monsters have a way of creeping in and becoming part of your everyday life too! On that authority I suggest that it's never a bad idea to have some on hand. But where do you get monsters? And what do you do with them once they arrive? Well, my dear, read on.....!
Unlike ghosts and skeletons, monsters are not confined to the celebration of Halloween. Monsters are welcome all year around. They appear at birthday parties and on the jammies of three year old boys. You'll find them peeking through windows and showing up, uninvited, for story time. They hide in the woods behind grandma's house, just at dusk, so you can hold tightly to mommy and daddy, flashlight in hand, and go out searching for them like we did last spring.
Monsters not only make fun, but they are fun to make, mostly because you can never make a mistake making a monster! Forgot the nose? Cute! Eyes falling off? Cooool! Three arms? OMG adorable! Dripping glue and paint? LOL HILARIOUS!
I make my monsters from papier mache. Basic needs are newspaper, masking tape, glue, flour, paint...and a handfull of the fun stuff you have in your junk/craft box.
The monster you see here is "Zippy." His mission is to crash your Halloween party this year! At 33" tall, he might be a formidable guest to dislodge. Oh, let's just let him stay! He says he loves grilled cheese and those little "witch's toes" appetizers he saw on Pinterest!
If you would like to make a monster like Zippy or any of his clan, here's where I have step-by-step instructions for you!