Are your kids afraid of monsters? Make a Monster Swatter, and ban those bedtime-monster fears for good!
When I recently polled my Facebook followers, about their children’s fears, a common response was “my child is afraid of monsters at bedtime“. If you have a little one with a fear of monsters, you know that bedtime can be quite stressful for your child and very challenging for you as a parent.
Thankfully, many other Facebook followers offered tips and tricks that they’ve used successfully to solve this common bedtime problem. As a result, I compiled them, and wrote “40+ Tried and True Ways to Banish Bedtime Monsters”.
Some of my favourite solutions, which you can make yourself, are worry dolls, good luck stones, monster spray, and this monster swatter.
One daycare provider said she lends her monster swatter out to her daycare children when they experience monster-anxiety at bedtime. She claims it’s always been returned after a few days, and 100% effective.
I loved the idea, so my son and I whipped up a couple for my daycare in the event that my hooligans ever need to borrow them.
They were super-easy to make, and the total cost to make two monster swatters was under 5 dollars.
How to Make a Monster Swatter
- A couple of inexpensive fly swatters (dollar store)
- Monster-face stickers (Amazon affiliate link)
Where to find monster face stickers:
We bought our monster stickers at the Dollar store, or you can get them through the above Amazon link. Alternatively, my fellow blogger, Cassie from 3 Dinosaurs, has a free printable MONSTER PACK that you can download. Print them on sticker paper, or stick them them to your swatters with glue, contact paper or packing tape.
Making your monster swatter:
Have your child decorate the fly swatter to his or her liking. We’ve left ours simple, but you could also add ribbon “streamers” to your swatter for some extra fun.
And there you go! A solution to your bedtime monster problem!
Monsters, be gone!
Note: While some people may think that a tool like this may foster your child’s belief in monsters, many feel it’s important to acknowledge your child’s insecurity. Those “monsters” may not be real, but his fears are. Providing him with something like this can empower your child, and give him control over his fear.
If your child believes in monsters, with support and encouragement from a parent or loved one, he can just as easily believe that he has power to make them go away.
Sweet dreams, little ones!
More homemade tools to help kids with bedtime fears:
Here are 40+ solutions to help kids with their bedtime fears and anxiety.
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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. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.
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