Medusa's Snake Hair Activity

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Updated on Oct 22, 2013

There are scary monsters, and then there are terrifying, spine-tingling monsters that threaten your ability to have a pleasant night sleep. Meet Medusa – she falls squarely into the second category. Let your fifth grader capture some of the colorful terror right in time for Halloween night.

What You Need:

  • Full set of crayons
  • White poster board
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Permanent marker
  • Newspapers
  • Hair dryer

What You Do:

  1. Have your child use a pencil to draw Medusa's face and neck on the poster board. (If he needs a refresher on the infamous monster's appearance, show him this Medusa worksheet.)
  2. Help him set up the crayons where Medusa's hairline should start. Make sure the tips of each crayon point directly away from the monstrous woman's face.
  3. Let your child use glue to secure the crayons to the poster board.
  4. Have him set up a layer of newspapers on the ground.
  5. Help him tilt the poster board over the newspapers. The poster board should be turned so that each crayon tip is pointing towards the ground.
  6. Plug in the hair dryer and turn it to the highest setting.
  7. Have your child direct the hair dryer on the crayons. Help him maintain only about an inch or two of space between the hair dryer and the crayons.
  8. In just a couple of minutes, the crayon wax should begin to melt and drip down. Allow your child to keep using the hair dryer until the wax almost reaches the end of the poster board.
  9. Lay the poster board flat on top of the newspapers. Give it a few minutes to dry.
  10. Have your child use a permanent marker to outline Medusa's face. Encourage her to even add a few snake eyes and slithering snake tongues!