Make Your Own Stanley

A fun, crafty project to make with the kids while watching the Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Playoffs!

Hey Wings Fans! Want a simple activity to do with the kids while watching the Wings game this Friday night?  

All you need to make your very own Stanley is toilet paper rolls, purple paint, google eyes, glue, scissors, and a black marker.  I also used a leftover top to a sandwich platter so the kids could do the “roll painting” inside of it.

First, I had my kids roll all the tubes in the purple paint ... in order to get that authentic purple color of Stanley!  Once painted, we let them dry overnight.

Then, it was time to cut slits in the painted paper tubes in order to make the EIGHT legs of the OCTOpus (great discussion, learning moment, and fine-motor skill development!)

I let the kids be self-directed at this point on how they wanted to create their "Stanley". Honor (almost 3) gave hers many very short legs. Henry (age 6) was very precise in making sure his had eight (and only eight) legs!

Once the legs were cut it was time to give them some character! With google eyes and a marker to make the eyebrows and smile. I love how they turned out!


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