Use materials from around your house to create fun "feet" for your little monster.
2 empty rectangular tissue boxes with top openings
Clear packing tape
Paint or tissue paper
A dry, new kitchen sponge
Craft glue or hot glue gun
Begin with two empty rectangular tissue boxes of the same size.
Cut away the plastic around the opening on top if there is
Use several pieces of packing tape to make the size of the
opening smaller in front (measure to your child's foot). Use
additional pieces of tape to reinforce the ankle area and sides so
that the box is less likely to rip while your monster is vigorously
stomping! Cover any sticky sides of the exposed tape with
additional tape so that it doesn't stick to socks.
Decorate your monster feet as you wish. You can paint the boxes
or use tissue/wrapping paper. If you use tissue or wrapping paper,
wrap as you would a present. Then, carefully cut through the paper
to expose the opening on top of the tissue box. Use additional
pieces of tape to secure the edges of the tissue paper surrounding
Cut six triangular "claws" or "toes" from a regular kitchen
Use craft glue or a hot glue gun to adhere the three sponge
pieces to the front of each tissue box. Let the glue dry completely
before letting the kids try out their new stomping feet.
Let the wild rumpus begin!
Caitlin Murray Giles is a full-time mother of three and part-time freelance writer living in Wicker Park.