One of the best things to do with kids during the fall season are non-spooky Halloween crafts for kids.
When children are toddlers, preschoolers or kindergarten aged often times Halloween can be too scary. In our home, we do everything we can to instead focus on the fun, silly and light hearted aspects of Halloween.
This year we’re sharing this cute and cool paper plate monster craft for preschool kids!
It’s super simple to make and odds are, you probably already have everything you need waiting for your in the craft closet.
Read on below to learn how easy it is to make this monster craft with your kids or students.
Monster Paper Plate Craft For Preschoolers
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Download the monster template and print out on the corresponding colored card stock.
Cut out the pieces of the monster template you want to use.
Cut out the center of the paper plate to leave it with a wreath shape.
Paint the paper plate wreath a fun, monster-y color. Let dry completely.
Glue on the horns/antennae and teeth.
Glue on as many googly eyes as you want!
That’s all there is to it!
Benefits To Children
This craft is not only fun but also offers kids an opportunity to work on developmental skills!
When kids are creating their own monster craft, they’re getting tons of chances to develop their fine motor skills.
They’ll be able to exercise their hand muscle strength as they cut out the monster’s horns and teeth. Then, they’ll work on hand eye coordination when they glue those pieces onto the paper plate.
Painting also is another way they’re able to work with their hands and increase their fine motor abilities.
All of these different aspects of this craft prepare young children for handwriting practice.
Another amazing benefit of this craft is the ability fo the children to work on their creativity!
At home, since we’re developing crafts, we’ll have a finished project for the kids to look at before they even start.
This can be useful when explaining how the finished product will look, but sometimes kids believe theirs must look just like the example.
This is the time when you want to tell your kids (or students) to use their imagination and create a monster that’s unique, just like them!
Occasionally, children will need some direction on how to do this.
We suggest letting them pick out their own color (or colors) for the paper plate. They can also add more than two horns, change the color of the horns and mix up the way the monster’s teeth look.
They can also change the number and variety of eyes they put on the monster. All of these combinations will get their young brains actively working to create a unique final project that’s one of a kind!
Fun Ways To Use This Craft
Of course you can make and use this craft any way you’d like to, but if you’re looking for some fresh ideas, we have some for you!
To make this craft into a personalized wreath, glue on some construction paper letters to spell out their name on the bottom.
Alternatively, you could have the kids write their name on the bottom with a marker.
Then, let the kids hang or tape it to their door during the month of October. Boom! You have a cute Halloween wreath for the kids.
Another option with this monster craft is to turn it into a mask puppet. Simply make the craft as the directions specify, then take a jumbo wooden craft stick and glue it to the bottom of the paper plate.
The kids can stick their faces through the middle and take goofy pictures all night long!
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Monster Craft Template Pieces
- Paint brush
- Download the monster template and print out on the corresponding colored card stock.
- Cut out the pieces of the monster template you want to use.
- Cut out the center of the paper plate to leave it with a wreath shape.
- Paint the paper plate wreath a fun, monster-y color. Let dry completely.
- Glue on the horns/antennae and teeth.
- Glue on as many googly eyes as you want!