Today we are taking a break from pretty things to bring you something very special…..MUTANT TOYS! Oh yeah! This is one of those Halloween ideas that will have you and your kids laughing, a lot. Trust me, you will want to do this project. My kids LOVED it and are still playing with their mutant toys…..
This project actually originated years ago when my son was obsessed with octopi and wanted an octopus action figure. Of course there was no such thing, so I made one using a plastic octopus figurine and an old action figure body. Viola! Octoman was born! I found the octopus head again not too long ago and immediately decided this would be a great project for kids, especially now that Halloween is in the air!
And I know every single parent has a bin of toy pieces parts, you may call it the trashcan but I call it the art bin. Oh yeah, don’t toss the countless rubber dinosaur party favors you have or the Barbie doll head sans body, or the gazillionth plastic doo dad your kids begged you for at the museum gift shop that is now collecting dust under the bed…turn those toys into treasures!
GLUE GUN SAFETY: I recommend glue guns for kids 7+. Start with low temperature glue guns. One of the hazards of working with glue guns is getting burned, I actually burn myself all the time on the hot glue. I instructed my 7 year old on the proper use of the glue gun, what parts are hot, what is safe to touch, and to stay away from the glue until it’s fully dry. He was able to handle it. I DO NOT recommend their use for children younger than 7! So for this project I recommend older kids and adults handling the glue gun portion of the project, if you have younger children let them create but help them glue their masterpieces together.
EXACTO SAFETY: These are only for adult use, period! Never let a child use one!
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Halloween Ideas: MUTANT TOYS
- Old toys preferably rubber/plastic ones
- X-ACTO Knife (ADULTS ONLY)
- Low Temp Glue Gun & glue sticks (older kids only)
- Step One Place all the toy parts in a tray or on the table so the kids can sort through them.
- Step Two Use the pieces as is or trim toys to get use certain parts.
- Step Three Use hot glue to assemble the new toy together.
So easy. As in SOOOOO easy.
TIP: ADULTS ONLY should be in charge of slicing and dicing a toy. It’s fun to slice up the toys (okay maybe it’s a little weird) but it adds another level of imagination by taking apart toys and putting them back together in new ways. My son was itching to make his Shider (Shark + Spider)….
Meet the Mutant Toy Squad!
Leo Sewell. Leo Sewell is a Philadelphia based artist who creates sculpture from found objects. They are incredibly colorful and amazing works of art made from what most people would consider trash! So go ahead and nurture your inner hoarder, you might just make something amazing from cast-off items!
I know I got carried away with this project but it was so.much.fun and my kids couldn’t have agreed more. I loved the way it sparked all of our imaginations and even fostered character creation and storytelling. You can’t help but give life to your new creatures and imagine what adventures they might be about to go on!
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Wanna make more stuff with trash? Then I hope you know Trash for Teaching. It’s an amazing LA based resource of art materials. And the best part? All the materials are industrial cast-offs and ridiculously cheap. They even offer classes and more for families and the general public. Check them out here.
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