Monster hands: a hand-tracing craft that incorporates some sensory play! An easy Halloween craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make, or the perfect activity for a monster-themed party for kids.
I was looking at the pictures of our handprint fall tree craft the other day, and those trees gave me the idea for this Monster Hands craft.
These monster hands were so easy to make but the hooligans really had fun with them.
There was interesting paper in different colours and textures, and a variety of lentils for their little hands to explore.
Such a lovely tactile experience for toddlers and preschoolers. Just be sure to supervise closely if you have little ones who might be tempted to put the lentils in their mouth.
For your Monster Hands Craft, you’ll need:
- green paper (preferably textured)
- dried lentils
- craft foam (or construction paper)
You might be wondering about the textured paper…
I don’t bother buying expensive scrapbooking paper for crafting in my daycare. I visit the local paint shop and I ask for their old, outdated wallpaper sample books. Just the other day, the store manager happily handed FIVE books over to me. He said they just throw them out once they become outdated.
Wallpaper samples are AWESOME for crafting with, and they don’t cost a thing. Plus, the sheets are so much bigger than a piece of 12 x 12 scrapbooking paper.
We chose some green pages with interesting patterns and textures for our Monster Hands project. They actually look quite creepy don’t they!
We began by tracing our upper arms and hands onto the wallpaper samples, and then we glued those to a larger piece of cardboard.
Then the Hooligans glued fingernails onto their monster hands. I cut the red fingernails from craft foam, and I used a styrofoam meat tray for the black ones. You can also use construction paper.
Then the kids used a variety of dried lentils to decorate their monster’s arms and hands with “warts”.
Ooo! Aren’t they creepy?!
We even added a bandaid to this one!
Add monster hands to your must-make list of Halloween crafts this year! It will be a hit with your toddler or preschooler!
Looking for another cute and easy monster craft with your kids?
Try our Toilet Roll Monster Mobiles!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.