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Color Monster Craft for Kids: Teach Emotional Intelligence with a Colorful Twist

Are you looking for an art project that will captivate kids of all ages? This Color Monster Craft is the perfect solution! The monster art project is a great way to encourage creativity and self-expression in young artists.

6 different color monster artworks by kids.

Don’t worry though, this project is not as serious as it sounds. These fun and easy monster drawings do more than just create monster paintings.

Children easily gain a better understanding of how artists use color to express emotion during this lesson. Having a bad day? Draw a color monster. Remember art is about the process!

Why You Will Love This Art Idea


  • KID FRIENDLY – With this fun activity, kids can explore different emotions in a fun and engaging way without being too serious!
  • WILL GET KIDS TALKING – The different illustrations will help kids naturally see the connection between colors and feelings.
  • CAN MODIFY SUPPLIES – Easily change this to a drawing only or use different painting supplies.
  • GREAT WAY TO MAKE CONNECTIONS – The illustrations in this book help open up a whole discussion of feelings and emotions about different children’s experiences. 

What is The Color Monster?

The Color Monster is a children’s book by Anna Llenas about a confused and overwhelmed monster who learns to sort his emotions with the help of a little girl. The book is often used to teach children about managing their emotions and different ways to visualize how we feel.

Here is a read-aloud if you do not have the book.

Other Color Monster Books

What age is this art lesson for?

This project works well with 5 and 6-year-olds. Some of the examples you will see in this post are from 1st graders. However, we know all elementary-aged children love monster art projects (so really this could work for any age). 

Read more>>>Easy Flower Art Lesson For 1st Graders

Older Kids Still Love This Project

This project is still definitely fun for them and you can encourage extra details and skills. In previous years when I had an extra class of older kids, this lesson was perfect for us. The kids honestly love being creative and acting like ‘Pixar’ animators.

6 different monster drawings on white paper by children.

Questions To Help Discuss Illustrations

  • What is the monster feeling? How did you know from the illustrations?
  • Can artists or people think different colors go with different feelings?
  • If you were one color right now, what would you be? Why?

Supplies you’ll need

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What are paint sticks?

Paint sticks are a newer supply that we have started using with children. They are tempera paint in stick form that dries quickly. The kids say they are like paint glue sticks and we think that is a pretty accurate description.

rainbow colored tempera paint sticks with kid art project being done in purple.

Get all our tips for using paint sticks here.

How To Make A Color Monster Art Project

Step 1: Read Book

Read the book, The Color Monster. Use the questions above or your own questions to help facilitate a discussion on how artists use color to express feelings.

Step 2: Draw Eyes

Start drawing a monster. Draw the eyes first.

black lines to make eyes on a white paper.

Step 3: Draw A Simple Line For The Head

Add a line for the head.

eyes and monster head drawing on white paper.

Draw a zoomed-in version or a large monster on the white drawing paper. Children can choose paper orientation.

kid's hand drawing monster craft.

Step 4: Add Unique Facial Features & Details

Add details to the monster such as horns, mouth, nose, hair and texture. Encourage kids to show a feeling.

color monster drawings outlined with black thick lines.

Step 5: Use A Permanent Black Marker

Outline with a large permanent marker.

color monster drawing on white paper.

Step 6: Start Using Paint Sticks

Use paint sticks to add the main color to their monster. Encourage students to keep the eyes and teeth white.

orange paint stick adding color to white paper.

This allows there to be enough contrast between the monster and facial features.

Step 7: Add Color To Background

Work on the background using the paint sticks. The main requirement is that you make the background different from the monster.

If the monster has a lot of color inside, leaving the background white also works.

hand holding color monster art project.

Questions to help them understand the art principle of contrast

  • What would happen if you made the monster and the background the same color?
  • Would you see your monster? 

Step 8: Continue Being Creative Until Artwork Is Finished

Allow kids time to finish their creative feelings monsters.

Art Lesson FAQs

What if I don’t have paint sticks?

And if you don’t have paint sticks, check out how you could do this project using a glue watercolor resist technique. We haven’t tried it yet, but a monster drawing in glue with paint could be really cool!

Where can I get more resources about social-emotional intelligence in children?

This color monster art project is a great first step in talking about feelings with children. Get more ideas at Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child or The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning for more ideas.

Are there any variations or extensions to this activity that I can try with my child?

If your children loved making this color monster drawing, you could consider exploring this topic further. Some suggestions include: writing a storybook adventure about their color monster or setting up a monster art gallery where kids can talk about their feelings and artworks.

Tips

  • You want students to draw largely.
  • The drawings work better if kids fill the whole page. To help get students to draw a large monster, start with the eyes. Encourage children to add their details or number of eyes to make their monsters unique.
  • Model the proper use of the paint sticks. This may even include how to pull them out of the box
  • They can click a little more on the paint stick so they can use the side of the paint stick top at an angle. This will help them do more detailed work.

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Keep encouraging those little ones to be creative and showcase their feelings in their art (and color monster art project). This drawing is great because there is no wrong way to do it! Most kids will feel successful and proud of their silly (or serious) artworks. It also allows them to be a little silly and what kid doesn’t love that?

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Easy Color Monster Craft For Kids

Elementary-aged children will love this fun and easy monster painting idea inspired by the book, The Color Monster.
Print Tutorial
6 different color monster artworks by kids.
Prep:5 minutes
Creating:40 minutes
Total Time:45 minutes

Equipment

  • Pencil

Supplies

Instructions

  • Read the book, The Color Monster. Use the questions above or your own questions to help facilitate a discussion on how artists use color to express feelings.
  • Start drawing monsters. Draw the eyes first.
  • Add a line for the head. Draw a zoomed-in version or large monster on the white drawing paper. Children can choose paper orientation.
  • Add details to the monster such as horns, mouth, nose, hair and texture. Encourage kids to show a feeling.
  • Outline drawings with a large chisel tip permanent marker.
  • Use paint sticks to add the main color to their monster. Tell students to keep the eyes and teeth white.
  • Work on the background using the paint sticks. The main requirement should be that you will make the background different than the monster.
  • Allow kids time to finish their creative feelings monsters.

Notes

  • Encourage each monster drawing to be unique and different. You will be amazed at how creative your students or kids can be!
  • The drawings work better if kids fill the whole page. To help get students to draw a large monster, start with the eyes.
Author: Erin
Cost: Less than $5

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