I get asked for craft ideas for older kids from time to time especially around holidays and special occasions like Halloween. When I picked up some sparkly sticky back foam I immediately knew I had to use it to make some kind of Frankenstein! I decided on a magnet because it can be used at home in the kitchen ( yay, no tape or push pins in the wall) , in a locker at school or wherever else you choose. It’s a fast craft for older kids and would work great as a Halloween party activity too.
- Gather your materials. You will need some green and black sparkly sticky back foam, scissors, 2 wiggly eyes, glue and a magnet. I recycle the free magnets we get as promotions for things like furnace repair and pizza parlors.
- Start by cutting out a face shape in the green foam. Remember to make the top flat.
- Glue the magnet on the back and set aside to dry.
- While that is drying cut the black foam into a rectangle as wide as the top of the head. Make cuts on one side to make spiky hair.
- Cut a long strip ( almost as wide as the chin of the monster) out of the black, and several smaller strips.
- Cut two triangles out of the black as well , snip the top point off.
- Start peeling the backings off. Only peel off as much as will be touching the green foam. Start with the hair add it to the face ( the glue should be dry enough to turn the face over without the magnet falling off, if it does pop it back on and wait.
- Next add the long strip ( the mouth) and the small strips across it.
- Add the ears ( well really they are bolts, but they are about where people’s ears are). Again only peel back the backing for the part that is touching the green foam.
- Glue on the eyes. Let dry completely.
Your little ghoul too young for this craft? Try our preschooler friendly Paper Roll Frankenstein instead.
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