When doing creative projects with kids, it's important for adults to let the kids do their own work and not worry too much about what the kids' finished products look like. Your goal should be to help them experience the challenge and joy that comes from successfully making something.
I made the little green monster with the bright red lips. The yellow and orange ones were made by my boys, ages 5 and 7.
I'll show you how we made them, and share a few tips that will hopefully help you and your kids have a good experience making some, too.
Step 1: Draw up some ideas
I told them that the best part about making monsters is that there aren't any rules, so you can make them any way you want. Ultimately, they went with familiar human-shapes, which I'm guessing is typical for a child's first monster sculpture. We'll get a little more crazy next time.
Step 2: Prepare armatures
Step 3: Build clay onto armatures
I showed the kids how to knead it in their hands to warm it up, and how to apply it in pieces to their monsters' skeletons.
Step 4: Model and shape, then bake
When they were satisfied with the shapes of their monsters, we baked them in the oven.