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A craft to make you say “Ahhh!” Bring the friendly monsters from Grim, Grunt and Grizzle-Tail to life with a paper plate mask! While you’re creating your mask, think about a Monster Story for your own monster. How will your monster sound? Is your monster friendly or misunderstood, like Grizzle-Tail? Let your imagination shape your mask and the story to go with it. Ages 5+

WHAT TO FIND

  • Paper Plates
  • Scissors
  • Tissue paper cut into small pieces
  • Glue, tape and a stapler
  • A small bowl with some water
  • Construction paper
  • Popsicle stick
  • Any additional art supplies you have

WHAT TO DO

1. Sketch out the monster you’d like to make on a paper plate. Have an adult help you cut out holes for the eyes.

2. Put a small amount of craft glue into a dish and add water in equal parts. Stir together and paint the surface of the plate with the glue mixture. Layer your cut tissue paper onto the wet glue. Secure any loose ends or overlapping pieces with additional glue where necessary. Set aside to dry.

3. Use construction paper to cut out features for your monster, like big eyes, a nose and mouth. Create pointy teeth by cutting out lots of triangles. Add ears and horns to your creature by glueing them on the back of the plate. Use paint, pipe cleaners, puff balls and your imagination to make your monster unique.

4. Glue a popsicle stick to the bottom of your monster and reinforce with tape. Make your mask sturdier by stapling another plate to the back. Have an adult use scissors to make sure you can still see out of the eye-holes.

5. When you’re finished, walk around the house and pretend you’re a monster! Then, share your masks with us @barefootbooks on Instagram!

Ready to scare? Download the activity here.

Check out these Monster Stories perfect for the Hallowe’en season!

Meeting monsters on the page helps children realize that many of the scary things in life are less frightening than they appear — and that monsters can have feelings too! Inspire young readers with these adventures that teach courage, compassion and kindness.

Buy Grim, Grunt and Grizzle-Tail here or get the six book set and save!


Try this craft from Micha Archer, the illustrator of Lola’s Fandango, and make your very own Lola doll! This craft suggests using red and white materials to recreate Lola’s costume from the book, but feel free to get creative with your colors and patterns. Let your duende move you!


Spin, twirl and dazzle with these Jolly Paper Twirlies! Decorate your home for the season and create a winter wonderland for your family to enjoy. This craft is fairly easy, but make sure to help youngsters with some of the more difficult steps. Read on to see lots of photographs and learn how to make three kinds of Twirlies. It’s amazing what you can make with just seven pieces of paper!


This autumn, decorate your windows with translucent leaves that let the sun shine through! Using office supplies and tissue paper, work with your family to create a stunning window display perfect for seasonal parties. This activity is inspired by Skip Through the Seasons, which teaches us about winter, spring, summer and autumn.

What to find

• Templates (download below)
• Plastic sheet protectors (or contact paper)
• Tissue paper
• Scissors
• Glue
• Tape


Ready for a craft that’s perfect for summer? This activity teaches you how to create a paper mobile using templates inspired by A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea. Turn your house into an aquarium by hanging these mobiles above your bed or in a window! You can adapt this project for all ages. Youngsters can color the sea creatures with crayons and an adult can assemble, or older kids can modify the activity to include sea creatures of their own design. Have fun as you travel to the bottom of the sea!


April showers bring May flowers, and what better way to welcome a fresh bunch than with a simple and fun craft? These paper tulips are easy to make and look beautiful grouped in a bouquet or connected with string and hung from a window.


Barefoot Books is celebrating Earth Day! We’re happy to share this interview with Susan B. Katz, author of My Mama Earth. Her lovely book highlights the magnificence of nature and the maternal spirit of our planet. Susan loves Earth day; it’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate our lush, abundant world. Read on for ways to celebrate, some earth-friendly craft ideas from her time as a teacher and her plans for this Earth Day!


It’s time for another post from the lovely ladies at our Concord Studio! Today, Leigh Tappen shares some fun, creative tips on how to recycle unwanted items. Read on to learn more!


When Jenika Kaul, author of the blog Whirls and Twirls Around the World, told us that Barefoot Books have inspired her to create a number of crafts and cooking projects with her daughter, we knew we had to learn more. We asked Jenika to share with us what she loves about Barefoot Books and some of the ways she has brought our books come to life. In her words…


…a new Studio has opened, and it’s like nothing you have seen before. If you don’t believe me, come along to 294 Banbury Road, Oxford and step inside. Yes, we are finally open for business! The drills have been packed up, the floors have been swept and polished, and the builders have gone.  Instead, every time the door opens, another curious customer comes in, often with a small child or three in tow. Slowly and surely, one day at a time, the word is spreading. We have all kinds of family-friendly activities, from arts and crafts to pyjama-time storytelling – here are a few images from the first week in our new world…