No-Mess Monster Craft

It’s always great when kids can get a fun sensory experience with paint, without actually touching the paint.

If I plan an activity where my kids come into contact with paint, I know I’m bargaining for about 30 minutes to an hour of clean-up around our house (of course, sometimes it’s fun to just embrace the mess like we did with our Paintman activity).

But on the days when mom is busy or tired, it doesn’t have to mean no painting!

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No Mess Monster Craft

No-Mess Monster Craft

The other day we tried a low-mess painting project with really fun monster results. I have two little girls with very girly interests, but even they were delighted.

Here’s what you do to make your own little rainbow creatures:

1. Dab on globs of paint toward the middle of a piece of paper. (You’ll want to make sure that the dabs of paint are close together so that it looks like a body when they are squished together)

2. Fold in half.

3. Squish and rub (the best part!)

4. Open paper. Add googly eyes (you don’t need glue if you stick them on when the paint is still wet) This is also a fun part because it’s kind of like seeing shapes in the clouds. Everyone has a different thought about where the head should be, whether it has a tail, etc.

5. Use a black marker to add other details (horns, feet, whiskers, arms, etc).

No Mess Monsters-3 copyNo Mess Monsters-1 copy

I didn’t think of it at the time, but adding little snips of yarn for hair could also liven them up. We cut ours so that the girls could play with them like paper dolls!

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Leave a comment: Have your kids made any monster art? We’d love to hear about it!


  1. HappyCampers says:

    We just did a few lessons on line of symmetry….these are PERFECT for a fun end to that! I can’t wait to make these this week!!!!

  2. Tara@Tales of a Trophy WIfe says:

    Monsters and no mess-sounds like a winner.

  3. Wow! They turned out so pretty! Wonderful colours!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy & Alissa

  4. Oh they came out beautiful! Love the vibrant colors. So happy you were inspired by our squish prints!

  5. Washable paint, any one? This just seems Less fun

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