Every kids loves monsters at some stage, right? Well, mine do. We organised a Monster Party when Mr S turned 3, with lots of ‘monster crafts’ (DIY felt monsters, colouring pages), snacks and games (tossing bean bags into a big cookie monster made from plywood that we made ourselves). It was good fun, but I secretly wish that had the current monster game idea at the time, I’m sure the kids would have loved it! But no matter, we can play it now..!
How to make the monster birthday party game
1. Gather all materials:
- toilet paper rolls
- marker pen
- wooden cocktail picks
- sheet with numbers (see download below)
2. Take a toilet paper roll and make the mouth and teeth at the bottom (see pictures below).
- (a) Cut a mouth shape from a toilet paper roll. Place the cardboard shape on a piece of paper and trace it with a pencil
- (b) Cut around the pencil line at approximately 0.5′ or 1.3cm. Now you have the shape of a rainbow.
- (c) Cut teeth (zigzags) on the bottom half of the ‘rainbow’. These will be visible from the outise.
- (d) Fit the teeth in the ‘mouth’ of the toilet roll monster. Secure with (double) sided tape or glue.
2. Decorate the monster: draw eyes or use stickers. Surely the kids can help!
3. Pinch the top of the toilet paper roll to make the ears (front and back).
5. Print and cut the numbers. You will find the download link below. I used heavy paper (200 g/m2), but I think normal weight paper will work as well. You can always reinforce.
6. Attach the number to the monster: tape the number to a wooden cocktail pick and stick this into the head of the monster (that sound more cruel than it is!). Cut a small hole to facilitate this.
Playing the game
Line up the monsters. I put them close together to make it easier to score. Secure them if you must. Use masking tape to mark the ‘start position’ (an imaginary line would do for well behaved kids ; )
Give each child 3 marbles and let them roll the marble towards the monsters. Add up the scores to find the winner.
Free instant download
You can find the free monster game downloads here, in two paper sizes, A4 and letter.
As always, keep an eye on the marbles and those little mouths! Play with kids older than 3 years old.
More ideas and games
Try the Build-a-Monster with Play Dough game! Roll the monster die and make your own funny/scary/sweet monsters!
Or are you preparing a birthday party? Get the kids involved: they can help to decorate their party! This is a good way to get the kids involved: print these banners and let the kids colour them.
Also, check out this monster game on Etsy. It’s a game that uses a monster die and creates new monsters accordingly. Great for improving number recognition and imagination.