This is a favorite art project for my students. We use it to talk about both symmetry and character after reading the story Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley .
After reading the story each student is given a black piece of construction paper. We talk about what color the monster was and I go around and squirt neon green paint in the middle of their paper. They then fold their paper in half and squish it to make their head. (I pre-fold the paper in half for my kinders.) This is when we can talk about symmetry as they unfold their paper.
We then talk about the story and the different parts of the Monster that we saw, and even told to go away. We slowly add the yellow eyes, bluish-greenish nose, red mouth and sharp white teeth, squiggly ears, and finally the purple scraggly hair.
They are left with their very own Big Green Monster, each individual just like them! :)
**Included are templates for each body party, along with what color to print them on. I pre-cut these for my students to easily distribute, but you could even have your students cut them out.**