1. Cut art paper into longer rectangles (not totally necessary, but you don't need a full page of art paper for every kid)
2. Burrito fold each paper (If you burrito fold, kids won't be able to see the other portions of the paper as easily)
3. Label the boxes on every paper 1 2 and 3 (This takes a minute, but makes it so much easier for kids!) 1 is the top box, 2 for the middle, and 3 is the flap underneath box 1.
Pass Back to Original Artist
Now you can reveal the Mixed Up Monsters to the class. Give the papers back to the person who drew the head in box 1. This is their mixed up monster. They can color, add details, make sure their monster lines up, and add a setting. I also like to have students give their monster a name. Then we all come back as a class and share our monsters.
This year my students did a great job thanking the other students who helped create their monster. You do not want students berating others for a floating belly or ugly monster tail. Show students how to be positive!
Tips and Tricks:
Students should only use pencil during the first drawing stages.
For the monsters to actually look cohesive, draw small lines where the neck ends and the hips end as students hand you their monster art. This activity works much better when the bodies and/or legs line up. I needed to do this for my second graders but older students can do this too.
Right now there are 23 Mixed Up Monsters hanging on our classroom door and every morning the kids look at them, show their friends, and laugh. Plus this activity took up a whole lot of time on a crazy Friday. Success!!!