By: Amanda Formaro
Age: 7 and up
Parental supervision is recommended
Have fun finding monsters with this light up monster meter you make yourself!
What you'll need:
- Cardboard box (we used a juice box container)
- Inexpensive flashlight
- Aluminum foil, enough to cover box
- Clear shipping tape
- Lid from plastic milk carton
- Red cellophane
- Black marker
- Hot glue gun or duct tape
- Craft knife
How to make it:
- Make sure that one end of the cardboard box is sealed shut. On the front of the box, near the closed end, use the craft knife to cut a rectangle window, about 1" from the sides and 2" from the top.
- Lay a piece of red cellophane (about twice the size of your window) over the window and tape a couple of corners in place to hold it steady
- Use the black marker to write the word "Monster!" over the window (see image).
- Use clear tape to secure the cellophane over the window, taping all sides and pulling the cellophane tight.
- Turn the box over and loosely tape the bottom end closed. Place the handle end of the flashlight in the center and trace around the handle end (see image).
- Use the craft knife to cut out the tracing. Remove or cut the loose tape holding the bottom closed to reopen it (see image).
- Place the flashlight into the box, handle end sticking out through the hole you just created. Be sure that the on/off switch is outside of the box. Tape the ends down again, this time securely.
- Hot glue or duct tape around the opening where your flashlight is to make the handle secure (see image).
- Tape pieces of the heavy duty aluminum foil onto the box, making sure to cover everything except for the area around the red window. Use tape to secure the foil.
- Hot glue the milk jug lid to the front of the box to act as a knob for your "Monster Meter."
- Turn on flashlight to illuminate the "Monster!" window whenever you find a monster!
- This can be used in a fun hide-and-seek-type game played either outside at night or inside with the lights off. When the "hider" is found, light up the monster meter.
- You can find inexpensive flashlights at discount department stores. We found ours for $1.00 at an all-purpose superstore in the sporting goods department.
- Instead buying an entire roll of red cellophane for $3.50, look for red basket bags in the party section, we found ours for $0.99 and had plenty left over.