These friendly monster puppets are simple, but my preschool students loved, loved, loved making them. They are a great craft for a rainy day, for Halloween, or for adding to any puppet collection.
- paper lunch bags
- googly eyes
- dot markers
- liquid glue
- assortment of yarn or string
To make these cuties, I invited my preschoolers to color their monster bodies as they wished. I did encourage them to use a range of materials, as I had offered crayons, markers, and dot markers on the table for their use. Because markers are just so much more fun to use, most students opted to use only a little crayon, and lots and lots of marker to maker their friendly monster colorful. I also encouraged students to fill their entire monster with color, not just a little, but a lot of color.
Once students had colored their monster to their satisfaction, (yes, I encouraged them to fill the whole paper bag, but ultimately how much a child wants to color is their own choice), they added dots for noses or colored in a mouth. Some students added beards, mustaches, and whiskers, too.
The next step was to add hair to their monsters. Using clear drying liquid glue, students added pieces of yarn, string and embroidery floss to give their monster hair. Some students were particular to lay down strips of hair, while others wanted big bunchy hair. It was enjoyable to sit back and watch their preferences.
Finally, the students added googly eyes. I gave them a limit of five googly eyes each, but they could choose to use less. I directed the students that only a little tiny dots of glue was needed to secure the googly eyes, and luckily the glue dries clear because some students had less control than others.
After the glue on the puppets had dried, I invited each student to name their monster puppet and share it with the class. We followed with some basic pretend play using our puppets. It was so funny to hear all the silly noises that monsters make when a preschooler is the puppet master!
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I am Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home mama of five! I am the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught range of levels, including preschool and college, and a little bit of just about everything in between. Right now, my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction