It’s almost Halloween! Looking for some crazy, fun, and free Halloween activities for preschool? Add these 16+ friendly monster activities to your lesson plans for preschool.
16+ Friendly Monster Activities for Preschoolers
These free Halloween activities for preschoolers are so fun and easy! Even better, they’re low cost! ‘Cause they don’t cost a dime!
Gotta’ love that, right?!
Halloween can be such a fun and novel holiday for preschoolers, but it certainly doesn’t have to be scary or frightening. In fact, these friendly monster activities are anything but scary! They offer all the fun of Halloween without the chills. And they are loaded up with learning stimuli, too!
These free monster lesson plans for preschoolers are available to download at the end of this post. Be sure to grab your copy!
You can do all the activities in a week, or you can pick and choose your favorites and add them to your own Halloween preschool lesson plans.
You might also like these printable Halloween centers for preschoolers.
Why Teach a Friendly Monsters Theme in Preschool?
Monsters don’t have to be scary. While a monsters theme in preschool can be a hot topic among some teachers and parents, a light-hearted monsters theme can lead to some of the very best preschool Halloween activities!
Monsters can be silly, quirky, cute…and even cuddly. Whether your imagination creates a monster with a dozen eyes or a snail-like body with slime trailing behind, monsters always seem to spark creativity! These monster activities fit in perfectly with your other free Halloween activities for preschoolers.
You should also try this Ghosts and Ghouls Counting Activity this Halloween!
But first, let me recommend some of our favorite friendly monster picture books for preschoolers and toddlers.
When to Teach a Monsters Preschool Theme
Of course we love to teach a monsters theme in preschool around Halloween. It fits in so seamlessly with our preschool Halloween activities.
Alternatively, a monsters theme is also fun in February when we celebrate Valentine’s Day. You can have love monsters and friendship monsters.
Materials for Friendly Monsters Theme
Like other preschool themes, you don’t need much to create some epic preschool lesson plans. In fact, these friendly monster activities (which are part of my Learn At Home Preschool Lesson Plans) require only the most basic materials for teaching.
But if you want to kick it up a notch (you certainly don’t have to!), you might consider some of these supplies:
You might also like this round up of Halloween activities. This post features over 25 free preschool Halloween activities.
And if you love printables like I do, then check out these 30 Halloween printables for preschoolers.
Find more FREE Lesson Plans for Preschoolers
Looking for more free preschool lesson plans? Try all the preschool themes included in my Learn At Home Preschool Lesson Plans Collection.
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Free Halloween Activities for Preschool – Monsters Themed
You just can’t get away with not doing any monster activities in preschool when planning your Halloween activities. They are too fun!
Try any of these 16+ free friendly monster themed activities in your preschool today.
Literacy Activities for a Preschool Monster Theme
Monster Question and Answer – Preschoolers love to imagine and be silly! Use this activity to develop oral language skills by asking your preschooler what a monster might eat. Encourage silly answers like dirty socks, stale dog food, dirty bathwater, mud pies made with real mud, etc. Continue the questions…how might a monster take a bath? Or wear clothes?
Don’t Feed the Monster – Print the cards and draw a card. Identify the letter and/or sound, then place it in a discard pile. If the player draws a “Feed Me” card, he/she must identify the number of items to “feed the monster.” Then count that number of counters from the player’s ten frame scorecard. Set aside. Once the “monster food” (counters) is set aside, the player must say in a monster voice, “Chomp, chomp!” and maybe add in a burp. The rest of the players get to say, “Monster! Say excuse me!”
Math and Science Activities for a Preschool Monster Theme
Monster Hide and Seek – Draw some simple monsters on paper. Cut them out and hide them around the house. Invite your preschooler to go on a monster hunt! Count all the monsters.
Monster Count – Invite your preschooler to count out loud. After each number, make a monster sound!
Monster Science Experiment – Gather baking soda, vinegar, and a spray bottle for this monster experiment! Sprinkle baking soda on a cooking tray. Use white vinegar colored with food coloring to “spray on the monster hiding under the baking soda.” There may not be a real monster, but it sure is fun to watch the tray bubble and fizz into different colors.
Playful Learning Activities for a Preschool Monster Theme
Monster Art – Using watercolor paints, paint on a sheet of paper. Once dry, use a black pen to draw squiggly lined monsters.
Friendly Monster Puppets – Using paper lunch bags, grab assorted craft materials from around the house and make a puppet monster. Use googly eyes, pipe cleaners, stickers, feathers, you name it! Get creative and silly, and put on a puppet show once it’s dry!
Dirt Play – Go outside and dig in the dirt. It may seem simple but this active outdoor play is great for resetting young children. If going outside is not an option, bring the dirt inside! Place a towel on the floor and put sand or dirt inside a bin. Invite your preschooler to freely explore and discover.
Social-Emotional Activities for a Preschool Monster Theme
The Color Monster Has Big Feelings Too – Go to YouTube and listen to the story The Color Monster by Anna Llenas. This book is a perfect read for understanding emotions and how to manage various feelings. Invite your preschooler to draw the monster and grab the varied colors from the crayon box. Re-read the book and add the colors the monster is feeling all over the color monster. Talk about how to manage those feelings and how to share that feeling with others.
Monster Manners – Do monsters have manners? Go to YouTube and listen to Monster Manners by Joanna Cole. Discuss what kind of behaviors indicate that the monsters have poor manners. Discuss the problem in this story: Rosie the monster is behaving with bad manners and realizes it’s making others feel bad. Ask your preschooler to consider what behaviors would be appropriate during the events in this book. Encourage your preschooler to consider events and moments when they need to use their best manners.
Just Plain Fun Activities for a Preschool Monster Theme
Monster Visual Discrimination Cards – These visual cards are perfect for helping young children notice details to help them prepare for math and literacy. Print the cards and read the sentence on the bottom of each card.
Monster Craft – Using any crafty or fun materials from around the house, use them to create a monster! Anything goes when making a silly monster!
Monster Moves – How does a monster move? Invite your preschooler to come up with multiple ways a monster might move their body. Add in some popular monster music or some lively music for even more fun!
Get Online Activities for a Preschool Monster Theme
Online Story – Go to YouTube and listen to the book I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll. What does your preschooler need to fall asleep? Invite him or her to draw a picture of their bed and their favorite bedtime routine.
Monster Shuffle Song – Get up and get moving with the Monster Shuffle! This song and dance is great for adding in gross motor movement and practicing coordination and balance.
5 Little Monsters Song – An adorable twist on the classic song, 5 Little Monsters Jumping on the Bed is a perfect way to teach rhyming words and be silly together!
Get Your FREE Friendly Monsters Lesson Plans Here
Think these monster activities for preschoolers are something you’d like to add to your Halloween preschool theme this year? I promise your preschoolers will have loads of fun with them.
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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