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I found these adorable monsters clip art, and just couldn’t help but create some learning printables with them. I started off making some my little twins would enjoy, and tomorrow I will share some logic problem solving I made for my older boys.

Since children are fascinated by magnets, I decided to make activities that you can do on a cookie tray with magnetic monsters. There is a small amount of prep, but it won’t take long and you will have centers or activities that can be done over and over.

To begin, print off the monsters on card stock paper and then laminate. Cut each monster out, and then add magnetic strips on the back of the monsters. Now you are ready to go.

There are five different activities provided in this printable.

  1. Patterns

IMG_2695Did you know that recognizing patterns will help your child when they begin to multiply? Multiplication has pattern after pattern in it. Look at 5’s. The number in the ones place is always a 5 or a 0, and there is a pattern to when the 0 and the 5 appear. Recognizing patterns can help a child learn to count by five and then be able to multiply by five.

There are many other reasons why patterns are important and Mid-Pacific  does a great job in explaining them.

Knowing that they are so important, I began by creating some fun, colorful patterns with the monsters. If your child or student are not familiar with patterns, you will need to sit down and discuss what the see and how they monster repeat themselves.

2. Numbers/Counting

This page is pretty self explanatory. Simply put the sheet out and have your little ones count out the correct amount of monsters for each number. Not only are you working on counting, but number recognition too!!!!

3. Sorting

IMG_2697If you have a child that needs help with colors, this is a great one to do. The children must place the monsters in the correct circles based on color. I would highly recommend sitting down with you kiddo on this one and have them tell you the color each time they place it in the circle. This way they are saying the color, seeing the written word, and finding a monster with that color.

I decided to throw in a little counting with the sorting too. Some sorts require the children to sort the monsters based on the number of eyes or antennas (you may have to explain that word)!!!

Then my favorite sorting activity…the do it yourself. The children can sort the monsters anyway they want. A teacher, parent, or friend can then guess what the rule is!!!

4. Pictures

Have you ever asked your child to look under the couch for his shoe, and they look everywhere except UNDER the couch? This activity is perfect for helping children to understand those pesky prepositional words. Simply print out a picture and then tell your child where you want them to place the monster.


pathUnder the bridge

Behind a tree

Beside the path

Above the box

Off the path


Not only will your child have to use vocabulary to find the pictures, they will be working on those wonderful prepositions that WE need them to learn!


Finally, for those advanced preschoolers, we have number bonds. Number bonds are so important. They help children IMG_2698visualize fact families. So many of our children need a different approach than a list of equations with the same numbers in them. Throw in manipulatives and teaching them through number bonds, may be what some of our sweet little ones need to understand the relationship between addition and subtraction.

If you want more information on teaching number bonds, check out this great post on Let’s Play Math.

After looking at her awesome ideas on teaching, print out these number bond sheets and use the monsters to begin teaching this important concept.

I hope you enjoy these cute little monsters, and I would love to hear how it goes.




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