“I scared! I scared!!” he says putting his arm over his eyes. It is adorable, the way he says it, the way he covers his eyes, but his thing about monsters and being scared isn’t so adorable when he wakes up in the night crying about them.
We’re not sure where his sudden fear of monsters came from and since he is only two he’s not able to explain any more than ‘Monster! Scared!’ which isn’t very helpful. He’s also a bit young to concentrate or understand the many great children’s stories about conquering monsters, and even too little to grasp the idea of a ‘No Monsters’ sign or spray to help keep them away. So we decided the best way to tackle Noah’s fear was to encourage him to see monsters as fun and playful and that he has control over them…. so we did what we always do here, we made some puppets!
Morgan helped by drawing a backdrop for the puppet play which we stuck on the cupboard. Then I worded up the big kids that they needed to help make a puppet show that showed monsters being funny and cute and doing normal every day things. Noah chose a puppet and joined in the play and had a lovely time. At the end of the story we encouraged him to ‘shoo the monsters away’ and ended with a round of applause when they had all run away.
Later we changed the monkeys to Five Little Monsters Jumping on the Bed and sang the song over and over while Noah ran around the house with the monster puppets.
In the days since the puppets the monster fears seemed to have lessened. He is still concerned about a small hole in the back of one of our arm chairs that he seems to think is a monster, but he is ok with the idea of putting a blanket over it, and he’s still playing with the puppets so I am calling it a success!
If you have your own monster problems, or perhaps you are celebrating Halloween, or maybe you just want to play with these cute monsters you can print them, cut them out and make your own puppets.
And just because these monsters are too cute not to share, I created some printable monster note cards. They’d make fun lunch box notes too!
Each of these free printables is an A4 sized pdf file. If you are printing on US ‘letter sized’ paper be sure to select ‘fit’ or ‘shrink to fit’ from your printer options.
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Are your children scared of anything?
How have you dealt with it?
If you like these, then you’ll love our other free printable puppets.
If you like monsters try these free printable monster drawing prompts: