When my youngest child was a toddler he developed a sudden and intense fear of monsters.
“I sared! I sared!!” he would say in his adorable little toddler voice, putting his hands over his eyes. It was hard not to smile at the mispronunciation and the almost cartoonish actions that went with it but this was a real fear, a fear that woke him in the night and had him sobbing in terror.
We were not sure where the sudden fear of hidden monsters came from, and nothing we did seemed to make any difference. No reassurance that monsters were not real penetrated his fears, and the books we read about kids conquering their fears seemed to be all too old for him.
So we decided that the best way to tackle this was to encourage him to play with monsters, to see that they could be fun, and that he could have control over them, and work through his fears. And so we made him some monster puppets!
We made five bright and colourful, silly, friendly looking monster puppets for Noah to play with.
I enlisted the help of the big kids and big brother drew a fun backdrop for the puppet play, and the big sisters came up with a story that showed the monsters being funny and doing normal every day, not scary, things.
We encouraged Noah to chose a puppet and join in the play and at the end of the story we encouraged him to ‘shoo the monsters away’ and we all gave a lots of applause and encouragement when they had all run away.
Later we had more fun with the monsters, changing the words to the monkey song to Five LIttle Monsters Jumping on the Bed and saying this fun number rhyme…
Five Little Monsters.
This little monster has a big red nose
This little monster has purple toes.
This little monster plays all night.
This little monster is such a fright.
And this little monster goes:
“I’m not scary, I’m just silly me.”
We left the monsters out to play with for a long time, and I think they helped ease Noah’s fears a little. And they were loads of fun to play with too!
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.
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?
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