Children dismember toys to make mutants

Meghan Spencer grinds her saw back and forth, slowly sawing through the neck of a plastic Hello Kitty doll.

Meghan Spencer

Meghan Spencer

Meghan Spencer grinds her saw back and forth, slowly sawing through the neck of a plastic Hello Kitty doll. Nearby Jennifer Hoekstra and Larissa Shuman cut off heads and limbs.

The three were just some of the children at the Stettler Library’s Discovery Annex on Saturday, March 21 taking part in the Make Your Own Mutant event.

Members of the community and Superfluity donated old toys to the library for the program, and kids registered ahead of time to take part. They picked through the toys scattered on two tables, picking the ones they were going to use in their Frankenstein-esque creations.

Spencer took two Hello Kitty figurines, a care bear figurine, and a small plush moose doll to create mutants. Shuman used an old doll, a Mr. Potato body, and other various bits and pieces, while Hoekstra made a set of zebra-tiger hybrids (zebra body with tiger tail and head, and tiger body with zebra tail and head).

The creative event allowed kids to work with tools like box cutters, saws, scissors and glue, all under the supervision of adults and while wearing safety equipment like goggles.