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The eyes have it! 3 super-quick & easy ways to create creatures.

Art & Creating


It’s amazing how just adding a pair of eyes to an inanimate object can create instant character and personality! Here are some super simple ways to make a creature out of a rock or pebble.

* Muddy Faces actively promotes child-led outdoor play & learning. We recognise and believe in the curiosity that children have and their drive to explore and discover. We hope that you will bear this in mind when considering more prescribed activities like this one – often much more creative ideas will occur if resources are simply provided and children are given the time and space to explore independently.

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Environmental Considerations

Consider the environmental impact of preparing, carrying out & completing this activity. Could this impact be reduced? Specific considerations for this activity could include:

  • leave no trace
  • use paper or pen eyes in outdoor setting
  • don't use plastic wiggly eyes outside.

Health & Safety Considerations

Follow your usual operating procedures and carry out appropriate risk benefit assessments.
Some considerations particular to this activity include:

What you'll need

  • natural material for body - shell, pebble etc.
  • resource to make eyes: acrylic pens, eye stickers, wiggly eyes

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Acrylic pen eyes:

drawing acrylic eyes

If you want the eyes to be a permanent and long-lasting feature then use weatherproof acrylic pens; perfect for outdoor use and for use in water.

Permanent pens work well on smooth pebbles, some felt pens and paints can work well but with reduced longevity.

Chalk is great to use as a temporary effect and can often be wiped off cleanly from smoother pebbles.

Sticker eyes:

sticker eyes pebble

Perfect for a super-quick transformation and a relatively cheap option as you can get a couple of thousand on a roll.

Paper sticker eyes will last for a short while for play and can survive a few dunks in water.

Alternatively you can draw eyes onto normal white sticker paper, cut out and use outdoors for your project.

If the odd eye is lost outdoors there is less of an environmental impact than using plastic googly eyes.

Make sure any backing paper is collected and disposed of correctly.

Googly eyes:

googly eye pebble

Another quick transformation with a range of plastic googly eye sizes. They generally stay stuck on quite well but can be knocked off, and water can loosen the glue.

Backings can sometimes be a bit tricky to remove – and make sure any backing paper is carefully collected and disposed of.

As mentioned in the introduction above – don’t leave pebbles with plastic eyes out in your setting – they can have a detrimental impact on the environment – keep them at home, or don’t use at all.

Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.


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