Friday, January 22, 2016

CNY 2016: Monkey Craft For Kids

2016 will herald the Year of the Monkey and to celebrate the arrival of the Chinese New Year, Hubby has been getting creative preparing some monkey "art" for around our home this festive period.

If you are observant you will remember during Dec 2015 my blog displayed a "BabySumo Santa" avatar and likewise my blog currently displays a "BabySumo Monkey" avatar for the build up and throughout Chinese New Year. The monkey head is very simple to create and will be a fun weekend activity for the kids. 

What you'll need: 2 shades of brown paper, Black pen, Pencil, Scissors, Double sided sticky tape, goggly eyes.

Time required: 10 minutes.


1. Make use of the tape as a template to draw a circle for the monkey head. Cut out the circle.

2. Moving onto the lighter shade of brown paper.  Once again use the tape roll as a template for the face and again for the mouth and then a 50 cents coin as a template for the ears.

3. Draw a heart shape within the round piece .

 4. Cut it out, this will create the face / eye sockets.

5. Most of the heart shape will be covered by the mouth however the shape is easy to draw and gives the desired proportions and shape for the eye area.

6. Double sided tape or glue can be used to assemble the Monkey Face.  The mouth area is oval shaped and can be created using any circular object you have at hand, eg small plate etc.

7. Goggly eyes are optional, they give a more cartoon / friendly finish :-)

After successfully creating this first mask hubby came up with the idea of giving the Baby Sumo avatar a CNY2016 make over hence the slightly more feminine mask was created.

Watch this video for step-by-step instructions (link here)

A quick Google search for "monkey art and crafts" provided inspiration for BabySumoMonkeyKids, these were created by simply gluing a printed monkey face onto toilet roll inner cutting slits to take the ears and then painting the white paper face to match the brown card colour used in the adult monkeys.

BabySumo CNY Avatar Famfie 2016 Year of the Monkey 

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