Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is almost here! It hits theaters next week, and the geeklings and I are so excited!
We have been reading our Guardians of the Galaxy books and channeling our excitement into themed craft projects. Like so many other people, our favorite characters are Rocket Raccoon and Groot; so much of what we have been creating includes one of these two characters. In his baby and toddler form, Groot has become a scene stealer. There is no denying that the kids love him! Their love of the tiny, dancing tree is probably what inspired the adorable new book, Night Night, Groot.
From the moment I brought the book home, my geeklings have requested it for storytime more than any other book. It is a household favorite. With the book as inspiration and the little ones in mind, I created two, fun Little Groot craft projects. One is a hand and finger print craft. The other is a mix of materials to create Little Groot jamming to some tunes. Both turned out better than I envisioned.
Below are material lists and instructions needed to create both crafts. Hope our Little Groot projects inspire some of you to create your own. Happy Crafting!
Handprint & Fingerprint Potted Groot
- (1) Sheet of White or Colored Paper
- (1) Sheet Red Paper
- Brown Paint
- Green Paint
- White Paint
- Paint Brush or Sponge
- Black, Green, Orange, & Purple Sharpie Markers
- Paint child’s hand and half of his/her forearm with brown paint. Press hand and arm onto the white paper or whatever color paper chosen. Then paint one finger brown and press it down twice on either side of Groot to give him arms. Promptly clean off the child’s hand and arm.
- Next, have child dip one finger into the green paint. Once his/her finger has paint on it, have the child press his/her finger at the tip of each finger on the paper to create leaves.
- While the paint is drying, cut out an elongated oval out of red paper to create the rim of the flower pot. Also cut out trapezoid for the base of the flower pot.
- Glue the oval and trapezoid together to create a flower pot. When the paint has dried, glue the entire piece to where the arm paint ends so that it looks like Groot is in a flower pot.
- Now use the black sharpie to make 2 circles for the eyes and a mouth.
- Use the green sharpie to create an upward climbing vine coming out of the end of one of Groot’s arms. At the end of the vine, use the orange and purple sharpie markers to draw a flower.
- Last of all, use the white paint to make one tiny dot on each eye. After that you can leave Groot as is or write his phrase, “I AM GROOT.”
Little Groot Jamming Out Project
- Shredded Brown Paper
- (1) Piece of Blue Paper
- (1) Piece of Black Paper cut into 2 small circles
- (1) Piece of Colored Paper cut into rectangle
- 4-6 small leaves cut from Green Crepe Paper
- (2) Small Orange Pom Poms
- Black String
- Black Sharpie Marker
- Begin by drawing a basic outline of Little Groot’s shape in pencil on the blue piece of paper so that the little crafter knows where to place the bits of brown shredded paper.
- Using glue and the bits of shredded brown paper, fill in the Little Groot form.
- Once the outline is filled in, glue the colored paper rectangle to the base of the form to make it appear as Groot is in a flower pot.
- Next, glue on the 2 black circles for his eyes.
- Then measure out a length of black string that will create an arch over his head starting from one side of his head to the other and cut that length. Glue the string in an arch.
- Once the string is down, glue an orange pom pom on each side of Groot’s head at the end of string to make his headphones.
- Now, glue the green crepe paper leaves to the top of Groot’s head as shown in the picture above.
- Finally, use the black Sharpie marker to add the final details. Draw a smile on Groot’s face and music notes around his head. Then write “I AM GROOT” on the flower pot.