Monday, October 9, 2017

Simple Finger-painted Monsters for Toddlers

Halloween is pretty much one of my favorite holidays and I love finding simple ways to create with my kids using a Halloween theme. The kids are always SO EXCITED about pumpkin, potions, ghosts, and monsters!

This week for our Weekly Virtual Book Club for Kids we are reading Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley and we have a simple monster themed craft to share with you!  

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Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley is a colorful and darling book that is entertaining and helps kids conquer any fears about monsters.   

MATERIALS FOR FINGER-PAINTED MONSTERS

  • washable non-toxic paint
  • white cardstock
  • tape
  • googly eyes
  • white glue
  • other embellishments



To get started with our finger-painter monsters, I put some paint on a piece if cardstock and then encouraged my toddler to smear and explore the paint. She loved smashing and swiping and even drawing circles in the paint.



After covering the entire paper with paint I would quickly replace it with another paper. Sometimes we'd take a blank paper and press it down on top of the painted paper and see what happened. The colors were gorgeous.

We talked about color names and practiced asking for specific colors by name and also saying "more" when she needed more paint. This activity was so exciting that my toddler was very motivated to try these new words! (She is currently 21 months)




Once we were done painting, we added white glue and googly eyes and other embellishments to make mouths. We skipped arms and legs for this simple monster craft and my daughter is in love with her creations!


Yarn, ribbon, rick rack, and even scraps of paper can be used to add details to the monster. Older children will be able to add a lot more details to their monsters than toddlers.




NEED SOME MORE MONSTER THEMED ACTIVITIES?





Check out these great ideas from our Virtual Book Club for Kids co-hosts:

Monster Themed Name Necklace Craft- The Educators' Spin On It
Go Away Big Green Monster Slime - Still Playing School
Easy Finger-painted Monsters for Toddlers- Toddler Approved
Playdough Monster Invitation to Play - My Bored Toddler
Big Green Monster Healthy Snack ideas- JDaniel4's Mom
Monster Cake Pops - Rainy Day Mum
Colorful Monsters Printable Worksheet-The Moments at Home
Puffy Paint Monster Craft - To Be A Kid Again
Monster Leaf Puppet Craft - Messy Little Monster
Feed the Monster Game - Mama Smiles
Magnetic Shape Monsters- Teach Beside Me
Mini Eraser Monster Counting Printables - Artsy Momma



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