A beautiful woman, Medusa bragged about her extraordinary beauty, even claiming to be prettier than Athena, the goddess of wisdom, war and crafts. As punishment for her vanity, Athena transformed Medusa into a hideous gorgon with snakes for hair. Anyone who laid their eyes on her turned to stone. Teach your kids about the Greek mythology and the pitfalls of vanity by making Medusa crafts.
Your child can dress up as Medusa by making a Medusa headband out of a thin plastic headband and pipe cleaners. To make green snakes, twist two green pipe cleaners together. If you want to make a snake with multiple colours, twist a green pipe cleaner together with a yellow or orange pipe cleaner. Once you have finished making the snakes, wrap one end of the snake around the headband. Use glue to hold it in place. Position the pipe cleaner snakes at different angles. For a fun twist, add tiny red felt or construction paper tongues to your snakes.
Paper Roll Medusa
Recycle an empty toilet paper roll by using it to make a Medusa craft. Use crayons, markers or paints to decorate the paper roll as Medusa's body. On construction paper or card stock, draw Medusa's face and arms. Cut these shapes out. Tape or glue the head to the front of the toilet paper roll and the arms to the sides of the roll. Glue green yarn or green pipe cleaners to her head to make her hair look more snakelike.
Transform a plain paper plate into a Medusa mask. Cut eye holes into the paper plate so the child can see while wearing the mask. Use crayons or markers to draw the rest of Medusa's face onto the back of the paper plate. You can make her snake hair three different ways. You can draw and cut out several snakes out of green construction paper or craft foam and glue them to the top of the mask, you can glue green yarn to the mask or you can twist green pipe cleaners together and glue or tape them to the mask. To use the mask, glue a Popsicle stick to the bottom of the mask or tie a piece of elastic or string to the sides of the mask so the child can wear the mask.
Turn a paper lunch bag into a Medusa puppet. Lay the bag flat with the bottom flap facing up. Draw Medusa's face on the bottom of the bag, using the flap as her mouth. Decorate the rest of the bag to look like her clothes. Either draw her arms on the bag or cut them out of construction paper and glue them onto the sides of the bag. Use yarn, pipe cleaners or construction paper snakes as the puppet's snakelike hair.