You may not be able to tell exactly what these are because the kiddos added their own artistic touch to them. But, we had a lot of fun making these monkey faces. It was simple, we had all the supplies we needed on hand and they loved playing with them afterwards. They especially liked singing/acting out “Monkeys jumping on the bed” and “Monkeys swinging in a tree” songs were a big hit afterwards!
What You Need:
- A stiff circle (We used a bowl to trace a circle onto a cereal box)
- A craft stick or plastic spoon (or a real spoon)
- Printer (unless you make your own)
- Monkey face parts from DLTK
Step 1: This site has lots of fun printouts, but if you do not have a printer make your own. They are pretty simple. Print them out and have them cut and ready. Be sure to cut the eyeball (the smaller circle) out from the printout. I printed them on card stock, so they were stiffer.
Step 2: Create your circle. An empty cereal box worked great. If your kids are old enough, let them help you cut them out. We had a Cheerios box that fit 1 circle perfectly on each side, but we had to use a smaller box for the 3rd circle and so it had a crease in it. I put the crease near the bottom of the mask so the stick will keep that part from bending.
Step 3: Let your little creators color their monkey face parts. This is a great opportunity to talk about faces and where everything belongs on a face.
Step 4: Cut 2 holes in the mask for eyes and 2 slits starting an inch from the bottom for the stick (see picture in Step 5). I held the circle up to their face and put an x with a pencil where their eyes were and then that is where I started my circle for the eyes. The eye cut outs do not have to be pretty.
Step 5: Insert stick and tape on the back of the mask to secure it. You will be weaving the stick through the 2 slits created in Step 4.
Step 6: Glue all the pieces to the mask.
Step 7: Have fun and play monkey games and songs! And do not forget that you can make one for yourself, too!