This project cost around $200 for the supplies. That came to around $1 per student, which I thought was reasonable, considering the time they spent working on them. I got a jumbo box of 20 lbs of stuffing from Nasco art supplies for around $32. The felt was about 25 cents per sheet. The glue sticks were the most expensive part. I already had a lot of buttons and extra decorating materials.
For this project, I taught over 200 6th graders how to sew in two class times. It was a lot of work, but I'll give you some pointers if you want to give it a go.
Tips for this project:
- Cut & tie the knots in the crochet thread or yarn before having kids sew. Tying the knots was extremely difficult for some kids and ended up being a major waste of time. I learned the hard way....it was so much easier to just tie the knots for them!
- Stress that each student gets one piece of felt-- no more, no less. I let the students who were most respectful when I was talking at the beginning of class choose their color of felt first.
- Have lots of ribbons, buttons, and odds/ends for students to use to decorate their monster
- You will use lots of hot glue if using it to glue on decorations. I went through 8 bags of 50 glue sticks with 200 6th graders.