Yesterday we had great fun creating our own monsters!
What you will need
- A pencil
- A long ruler
- Some crayons and colouring pencils
- A scissors
- Some coloured paper
- A dice
- A piece of card to assemble all your finished monsters
- Create your monster template.
- Orientate your page as portrait. Using your long ruler create a table on a sheet of A4 paper.
- You will need seven columns. A chance for some arithmetic here! How wide is your page? How many centimetres should each column be so they are evenly spaced?
- Leave the first column without a header. Label the next six columns one to six, each corresponding to a face of the dice.
- Next create your rows. We used ten rows; one was our header row and the other nine represented the monsters’ various body parts.
- Roll your first monster!
- In our case we had nine rolls per monster. Using our template above, if our first roll was a two our monster would have a triangle head. If our next roll was a four he would have big ears and angry eyebrows, and so on for seven more dice rolls.
- Some more advanced arithmetic, how many different types of monsters can our template create?
- And even more advanced…… how many rolls before we are likely to have a repeat of a previous monster? I left that one to Dad, see his calculations below:
This surprised Mum! There are 10,077, 696 (or 69) possible monsters but after only about 3,750 monsters there is roughly a 50% chance that you will have drawn at least one repeat monster!
- Everyone makes their own monsters! Even unimaginative types like Mum could come up with some pretty unusual and unique monsters!
- Create the background for your eclectic monster family! We used a cornflakes box and blue, green and yellow paper for our background.
- Cut out all your monsters and glue them onto the background. As you can see in the picture Mum was a bit lazy cutting out two of the monsters. Rachel was our star cutter outer!