We have a sky light in our living room that brings in a lot of lovely natural light into our home. Yesterday afternoon it cast a shadow on our wall that had my daughter squealing with excitement.
“Look, it’s Gru. It’s Gru”
My husband & I both laughed. It did look like Gru from Despicable Me. Despicable is one of my daughter’s all time favorite movies. She was very disappointed when the sun moved & she lost her shadow. I wanted to keep her shadow fun going, so we made some shadow puppets.
I drew out a picture of Gru on a black foam sheet with a piece of chalk & then cut it out. (Printables to cut out the puppet shapes are attached below.)
Glue a craft stick to the foam sheet cut-out and let dry.
Is it weird that I have 8 boxes of pasta in my house designated only for crafting? I have more pasta for arts & crafts than I do for actually eating. I love pasta crafts. It is so much fun to work with and it comes in so many varieties & shapes. You can paint it, string it together & glue it. They are so many possibilities.
When I asked Mai if she wanted to make pasta skeletons with mommy tonight, she jumped up and threw her hands in the air & said “Yeeeeeeaaaah & and we make pasta monsters, and pasta kitty cat & a pasta mama and dada….”
Taking one of my daughter’s suggestions, we made some pasta monsters too.
What you will need:
Jumbo shells for stuffed shells
Hot Glue gun
While Mai painted the jumbo shells for the monsters, I started to string & glue the skeleton together.
Next we were on to our monsters. Mai & I made quite a mess as we painted our pieces for our monsters.
Directions: These are directions to make one minion. Paint a jumbo shell & two pieces of ziti yellow. Paint two wagon wheels white with a dot brown in the center. (We used blue, because Mai wanted blue eyes.) Paint two small shells & one ditalini black. Let the paint dry. Use the glue gun to glue wagon wheels in place for the eyes. Use black paint to paint a thick line on either side of the wagon wheels so that it looks like goggles. Paint in your mouth & teeth using black & white paint. With blue paint, paint the bottom 3rd portion of your minion. Paint a thick stick of black around each yellow ziti piece. Let dry. Glue the ziti to the sides of the minion to make arms. Glue the two small black shells to the bottom of the minion to form feet. Glue a black ditalini in the middle of the blue painted portion of the minion.
Paint a jumbo shell, 6 ziti pieces, 1 elbow macaroni & 4 small shells green. Paint one wagon wheel white. Add a blue circle in the middle & then a black dot. Let dry. Glue the ziti arms in place using 2 pieces on each side. Glue a small shell to the end of each arm to form a hand. Glue two pieces of ziti in place for the legs & then add the small shells as feet. Glue the wagon wheel eye in place & then add the elbow macaroni over the eye to form an eyelid. Paint in a crooked mouth with black paint & dot with white for teeth. Let dry.
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