2/23/2012

Make Your Own Flying Monsters!

Last Saturday, February 18, MOSI held a Flying Monsters Prehistoric Premier Party for the guests that came in to see the IMAX Dome Theatre’s brand new Flying Monsters movie - a groundbreaking film that brings the story of giant pterosaurs and their prehistoric world to life!

In honor of the film, MOSI guests were invited to create their own flying monsters with a few materials you might have in your house or classroom like pipe cleaners, plastic straws, tape, scissors, crayons, and a nifty little cut-out of Pteri the Pterosaur. Check out the party pictures on our Facebook Page.

Our guests had so much fun with this activity that we’ve decided to put the cut-out and the instructions online so that you can do it at home or school. Below are the eight simple steps to follow to make a fantastic flying monster. We recommend this activity for kids 5 to 8 years old. For younger dinosaurs, have an adult perform the step involving scissors and tape. Enjoy!


MOSI Flying Monsters
Step 1: Download and print the Pteri the Pterosaur cut-out. Click Here.


MOSI Flying Monsters
Step 2: Color in your flying monster with lots of different colors. Don’t forget the wings!


MOSI Flying Monsters
Step 3: Using a pair of safety scissors, cut along the dotted line and recycle the extra paper.


MOSI Flying Monsters
Step 4: Cut a one-inch vertical slit over the ‘X’ on Pteri’s belly. It easiest to do this if Pteri is gently folded in half long ways or “hotdog style”.


MOSI Flying Monsters
Step 5: Cut a one-inch slit into the top of a regular clear drinking straw. Bend the two halves backwards to create a ‘T’ shape.


MOSI Flying Monsters
Step 6: Slide the straw through the slit on Pteri’s belly so that the ‘T’ shape is against the colored side of the paper. Then tape the two prongs of the straw onto the colored side of the drawing.


MOSI Flying Monsters
Step 7: Loosely tie a pipe-cleaner around the straw at the base of the back of the drawing. Tape the two ends of the pipe cleaner down at the end of the wings.


MOSI Flying Monsters
Step 8: You’re done! To make your monster fly, hold the knot of the pipe cleaner and move it up and down the straw. Pteri’s wings will fold in and out to make it look like he is flying.


We want to see your creations! Upload your pictures to Facebook and tag ‘MOSI’ or post on our wall to share.

Don’t forget to come see the Flying Monsters movie in our famous IMAX Dome Theatre! It’s only here for a limited time, so don’t let the time fly by. Check out the daily show times here on our website or to purchase tickets ahead of time, give us a call at (813) 987-6000.

Have fun with your monsters!

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