Another challenge from the Frankenstein200 Workshop!
What do you get when you mix and match parts of creatures? In Mary Shelley’s original story, Victor Frankenstein built a person out of dead body parts and brought it to life. But Dr. Frankenstein thought his creature looked like a monster, and he let it run away.
What makes a creature beautiful, or horrible to look at? How does that affect the way you feel about the creature?
In this activity, you will design a creature from parts you choose!
Step 1: Collect These Materials
- Catalogs, flyers, any throw-away print materials with nice big, colorful pictures of dolls, stuffed or real animals, robots, or anything that might have an interesting body part
- A sheet of heavy paper or cardboard to attach your creature to
- Tape or glue for connecting the parts together
Step 2: Collect the Body Parts
Cut out interesting body parts from your source materials. Make a nice big assortment of parts to work with, and lay them out on a flat surface.
Step 3: Start Building
Mix and match the parts. Start by finding a good head, or maybe a good torso. Then start adding limbs and other body parts. How many legs will it have? How many heads?
Step 4: Strike a Pose!
When you get an assembly of parts you like, arrange them in a way to show your figure in action. Is it running…toward you? Away from you? Is it attacking? Singing a song?
Step 5: Freeze Frame!
To preserve your Frankentoy’s pose, tape or glue it down on a piece of paper. OR just take a picture of it (be sure to send it to us), then disassemble and try another one.
Step 6: SHOW US WHAT YOU MADE!
And there's way more! Frankenstein200 puts you in the middle of the action in a story where Mary Shelley’s classic tale Frankenstein collides with modern science. Perform experiments, explore hidden areas of research, and assist a pair of young scientists as they unravel a mystery in a cutting-edge digital experience.