Crater Creatures

Inspire children to think about what lives in the depths of space by making some alien landscapes with modelled creatures. Several planets can be displayed as classroom project.

Skill Level

Beginner

Time to Make

1.5 hours + drying time for model magic, glue and paint.

Adult Supervision Needed

Yes

How to Make

Small Planet:
  1. To make a smaller-sized planet base, start with a small cardboard plate. Use scissors to make 4 x cuts 3cm into the edge of the plate, equally spaced, with a cut at each quarter. Overlap the card along the cuts then stick down with tape to make the plate into a deeper curved shape.
  2. Cut a 3cm section from a cardboard cup then tape it to the top of the plate.
  3. Brush PVA glue over the surface of the plate and over the cup. Tear up some strips of dark coloured tissue paper then press over the glue. Tuck the ends of the tissue over the cup to make a crater shape. Crinkle the tissue paper and you paste it down. Leave to dry.
  4. To make an alien, break off a ball of model magic then wrap up any left over material. Form the alien’s body by pressing with your fingers, keeping the shape simple. Add small pieces for arms and antennae, or pull them out from the body. Make a pattern on the body using a straw or a modelling tool. Check the alien will fit into the crater then leave to dry.
  5. Lightly brush florescent paint over the planet base and crater to highlight the crinkly surface.
  6. Paint the alien with florescent paint and leave to dry. Add another coat of paint if necessary. When the paint has fully dried add sticker eyes onto the alien.
Big Planet:
  1. To make a larger-sized planet, start with a big cardboard plate. Use scissors to make 6 x cuts 4cm into the edge of the plate, so they are equally spaced. Overlap the card along the cuts then stick down with tape, making the plate into a deeper curved shape. Finish the planet in the same way as above.

Top Tip

Model magic can take 24-48 to fully dry. When the aliens are partially dry, turn them over so the base can dry out before painting.

What you'll need

E5281

EV126

AF458

EV1202

AW368

Total £0.00

Items you'll also need

  • Paintbrushes
  • Paper cups
  • Scissors
  • A ruler
  • A pencil
  • Sticky tape
  • PVA glue
  • A glue brush
  • A drinking straw