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Make this monster craft with your students during a monster theme for Halloween or when learning about the letter M. Be sure to keep the focus on monsters that are fun and friendly, so that you don't end up with any scared children.
- A book about monsters
- White construction paper, one piece per child
- Large circle and ovals cut out of green, purple and orange paper, for monster faces
- Art materials, like foam sticker shapes, yarn, wiggly eyes, ribbon scraps, large sequins, etc.
- Markers or crayons
- Glue and safety scissors
Begin the craft by reading and discussing a story about monsters with your class. Try Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley or The Very Worst Monster by Pat Hutchins.
After reading the book tell the children that they are going to create their very own monsters. Brainstorm with the children what their monsters might look like. How many eyes will they have? Will they have horns? Hair? Warts? What colors will they be?
Give each child a piece of white paper and then let each child choose a colored circle or oval for his monsters face. Show the children how to glue the faces onto the white paper.
Provide a variety of art materials for the children to use to decorate their monsters. Tell them that they can use the materials to make their monsters look any way they want. Wiggly eyes of different sizes, large sequins, foam shapes and paper shapes can be used to make eyes, noses, ears and other additions to the monsters. Yarn, ribbon and string are great for adding hair, fur and mouths. The children can also use markers or crayons to add details to their monsters.
When all of the monsters are finished, you can hang them on a bulletin board for a cute monster display.
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More Monster Craft Ideas for Preschool
- Make monster masks using the same types of art supplies used to make the monsters in the first craft. Have students paint paper plates green or purple. When the paint is dry, cut eyeholes in the plates. Then let the children decorate their plates to make their own monster masks. Attach craft sticks to the bottoms of the plates, so that the children can hold them up to wear their monster masks.
- Use art supplies to decorate paper bags to make monster puppets. The children can use the puppets to tell their own monster stories.
- Don't forget everyone's favorite monster - Elmo! This easy Elmo toddler craft can be used for preschool children too. If your preschoolers aren't into Elmo, read The Monster at the End of This Book (starring Lovable, Furry, Old Grover) by Jon Stone and adapt the craft to make Grover instead of Elmo by dying the cotton balls purple.