We hosted a playdate for Erma on Saturday afternoon. At some point, the two little monsters (literally — they were playing “let’s be a monster” and running around screaming like monsters at each other) took a moment’s breath and I offered up an art project for them.
“Do you want to make sock monsters?” I asked them. I knew there was a cloth puppet monster kit in my art supply cabinet somewhere with exactly two cloth puppets waiting to be Frankensteined.
“YES!” they cheered.
As I went through the art supply cabinet, I uncovered stickers, tape, more stickers, foam stickers…but I could not find the kit.
I had to think fast, as two expectant almost-four-year-olds were waiting for sock monsters.
Paper bags! Lunch bags could be puppets, right? Some people are super creative and could probably turn a lunch bag into the most awesome monster EVER.
I gave the two children one paper sack each and let them go crazy with monster making.
Each of them used a piece of tape to attach the monster’s head to its body. The monster puppets did not work at all.
I think that is why they sell puppet kits to people like me.
For a finale, grab the nearest preschooler/toddler/child/adult to you and ask them what this critter is. But don’t be alarmed if a fight breaks out.