Give your child’s brain a workout with a creative drawing idea inspired by monsters!
Just like any muscle, the brain needs exercise to stay sharp! It has proven to be beneficial for children of all ages (and us too) to challenge our creative “right” side of the brain.
So much of the time in school is spent learning numbers and letters that it can be easy to overlook nurturing your child’s creative right side of the brain.
In order for a heathy brain to develop children need to “workout” each side of the brain.
I always love to provide blank paper and crayons to let my children start their own imaginative drawing. BUT…
I also like to mix it up with creative challenges that make them think and challenge their brain.
Creative challenges are still open-ended activities but your child is encouraged to solve a problem or come up with a solution.
I love to find inspiration for our challenges in unique ways.
The other day, Lil B came home from school singing,
“It was a one-eyed, one-horned, flyin’ purple people eater
One-eyed, one-horned flyin’ purple people eater”
I remembered this song, Purple People Eater from my own childhood (if you are not familiar with Purple People Eater I have included a video at the end of the post for your viewing pleasure).
I love connecting what my children learn in school to home activities so I used this as inspiration for our latest “monstrous” drawing prompt.
Creative Drawing Idea: One-Eyed Monster
Print and Draw: To make it super easy for you, first download and print our one eye drawing prompt and then your child can draw right on the paper.
Monster Eye Printable
Drawing Materials (Choose your favorite… markers, crayons, or colored pencils. We used do-a-dot markers)
String or Yarn
Step 1: Print out the monster printable.
Step 2: Cut an arm’s length of yarn. Use the yarn to create a free-form shape around the eye for the body of your monster.
Trace around the yarn with a pencil.
Step 3: Add color and details to your monster.
Connect with your child and prompt their creative thinking by asking open-ended questions.
What is your monster’s name?
What does your monster feel if you were to you touch him?
Where is your monster at or What is your monster doing?
What happens next to your monster?
Turn your drawing into a STEAM filled Math game. Roll a dice and draw a new monster that has the same number of eyes as shown on the die.
Play some inspirational Monster Music like the one-eye purple monster.
For more Spook-tacular drawing prompts check out our additional Halloween Creative Drawing Ideas.
Stop by our Creative Preschool Friends for more spooky (but not scary) “monster” themed learning activities.
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