The Creative Arts Playgroup worked with Mo Willems' Leonardo & the Terrible Monster for the past two weeks. We made Rorschach Monsters the first week. Well, they began as Rorschach monsters. I had them fold their papers and paint on one side, and then they pressed that side onto the other side to create a mirror image. We all felt like they needed something more, though, so we added tissue paper, feathers, colored balls, pipe cleaner legs and a holding rod. So...what began as Rorschach monsters morphed into rod puppet monsters? The following week we explored theatre arts by creating characters for the rod puppet monsters we created the previous week. We explored different voices and walks for them. Watch out--below, you see one of our monsters sneaking toward you!
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About the Author: April Gentry-Sutterfield is a director, deviser, educator, and mom who uses theatre as a tool for social justice, education, and community engagement.