My son Roger started calling these little creations “Monster Eyes” and the name stuck. In this sculpture project, little artists play with model magic and markers and then add eyes to their monsters.
- White Model Magic (available at most craft and art supply stores)
- Wiggle Eyes
- Begin by letting your little artist play with the model magic just like they would with play dough. They can squish, roll, stretch, and sculpt the model magic into any shape.
- Once your artist has gotten familiar with the material, pull out the markers. Let your artist color on the model magic just like it is a piece of white paper. The model magic will absorb the marker ink. Watch how the color stretches into interesting lines and swirls when you pull the colored model magic.
- After your little artist has had enough time to play with the material and color interesting lines, patterns, and dots, help them begin to shape their sculpture into a “monster” form. You may need to help the littlest artist (18 months – 2 years old) by simply making the monster into a round-ish form with a flat bottom. More mature pre-schoolers (2 years – 4 years old) can work on making a head, body, legs, etc.
- Now it is time to add the wiggle eyes. Using the eraser end of a pencil, make indentations in the model magic where the eyes will go. Squeeze a few drops of glue into each indentation and add the eyes. Pressing the eyes into the material in this way helps ensure they stay in place after everything has dried.
- Leave the monster sculpture to dry for a few days. You’ll know the sculpture ready when the model magic has dried to a light foam texture.
- Your little artist’s monster eye sculpture is now ready to be played with or displayed!
- Your little artist can add more color to their monster sculpture after it is dry. Coloring with marker on the dry model magic will result in a darker, richer color than adding marker when the model magic is still wet.
- The model magic will absorb the marker ink as it dries. Some marker ink may disappear completely. If you are teaching this project for an entire class, remember to write names using sharpie, not marker.
- Keep an eye on your little artist’s work and help them keep the thickness of their model magic somewhat uniform for the final monster form. Extra thin appendages, such as ears and arms, may break off after the sculpture has dried. It is better to squish thin ears into lumpy horns so that they are not as delicate.
These monsters were created by artists ages 18 months through 4 years old.
Before or after your monster eye project, consider reading the book Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley together with your little artist.