Handprint Monsters

The days are getting shorter and the nights cooler, which means Halloween is slowly creeping up on us! My two boys already have their costumes ready for a spooktacular  trip to the Happiest Place on Earth for Mickey’s Halloween Party. (If you’re looking for a DIY costume, check out the Halloween crates in our Celebration Shop).

Grab your little one and get into the ghoulish spirit by making these fun handprint monsters. The kids had a giggly good time decorating their monsters during a recent kid testing session, especially because they went overboard with the googly eyes!

Tools & Materials

  • cardstock paper
  • 3 different colors of paint (or more if you wish)
  • foam brush
  • googly eyes
  • glue
  • black and colored Sharpies (grownup supervision required!)
  • white and red paint for decoration

After making sure everyone had on a smock (this activity can get a bit messy!), I used a foam brush to paint the kids’ hands. (Even though a plain ‘ol handprint is fine, it’s also fun to ask the kids how they might make different monster shapes. For example, they could put paint only on two fingers or on different parts of their hands…) There were plenty of giggles as the paint was applied…

Then, PLOP!, the kids used their hand as a stamp and pressed down firmly on sheets of paper.

After letting the paint dry, decorate your creature with googly eyes, markers, or extra paint.

Hang your masterpiece for all to see. These little monsters are a sweet reminder that little hands grow so fast…

To make these prints stand out as Halloween decor even more, you can use black paper with orange or white paint only. For another fun twist, try using neon paint to really make the colors pop. Happy crafting!


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Kiwi Crate delivers monthly projects for kids ages 3 to 7, all materials and inspiration included. All activities are reviewed by experts and tested by kids to make sure they encourage curiosity, exploration, and creativity! Learn more.

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