Last updated on September 28th, 2023 at 04:42 am

monster printable folding paper craft

Are you looking for a fun and easy Halloween activity for some festive coloring and folding fun? Our Folding Surprise Monster Printable is a great paper toy for kids of all ages, and best of all it’s a surprise toy!

This monster printable is able to be folded up in such a way that when in the closed position, it looks like a silly little monster. But when you open the paper the monster looks like he’s giving a Halloween scream. It’s a great eye-catcher activity to show off to friends and family. 

For another Halloween paper craft, our Bat Template is a fun cut and paste Halloween activity. Simply color, cut and create your own spooky bat.

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Ideas for how to use the Folding Surprise Monster Printable:

Monster activities are fun, especially activities that have a surprise! There are many uses for this printable, so let’s get started!

Use the Monster printable as a Halloween activity

Monsters are so much fun, especially around Halloween! Use our free Monster Folding Surprise as a home or classroom activity to bring a bit of Halloween spirit into the room!

Are you having a Halloween party? This monster printable is an easy activity for kids of many ages. It’ll surely be a big hit at your Halloween party. Fold the paper in 3 spots and get a chomping monster.

Use the Monster Folding Surprise Printable as a Coloring Page

No matter the holiday or occasion coloring pages are always fan favorites! Are you looking for monster coloring pages? Our monster is friendly (he’s not too scary for the little ones), but he still has a great Halloweenie look and feel. 

Color your monster in your favorite colors and then fold, and surprise your friends and family with this wide mouth monster!

Practice fine motor skills

This Monster printable is a great activity to help fine tune children’s fine motor skills. Taking a flat piece of paper and creating something movable is extra exciting and motivating for kids to partake in. Practice folding the paper in even lines to get your perfect monster.

In 4 easy steps you have a Folding Surprise paper toy that kids love doing over and over again!

What’s included in the Folding Surprise Monster?

  • The monster printables are in high resolution – 300 PPI and prints perfectly on 8.5”x11” letter-size paper
  • Our monster printable acts as both a fun surprise paper toy and a Halloween coloring page

Includes 4 versions:

  1. Blank version (black & white)
  2. Color version
  3. Blank version (black & white) with dotted lines.*
  4. Color version with dotted lines.*

*The dotted lines indicate where to fold and may be easier for younger children.

Say Happy Halloween with this Fall fun printable!

How to create the Monster:

Our monster comes in a dotted line version. If your child is younger or maybe needs a more guidance on where to fold, print the dotted line version. Use the lines as a guide on where to fold.

1. Print out the blank or color version of the Folding Surprise Monster printable:

printable monster folding instructions

2. Fold the paper in half (if you chose to download the dotted line version, use the lines as a guide on where to fold).

fold paper in half printable monster

3. Take the bottom edge of the top layer and fold it up to the top layer.

fold paper up monster craft

4. Turn the paper over, and fold the bottom up to the top (this concludes the folding) and you now have 3 creased folds.
back of monster printable

5. Let’s see that monster in action! Grab the top and bottom of the paper and move the paper around to get your monster chomping motion!

closed monster printable monster opening mouth halloween printable

folding monster for halloween mouth open monster paper toy

Go ahead and laminate

I’m a big fan of laminating. Why? Laminating gives these Folding Surprise activities a bit more permanence. Simply put your Folding Surprise paper in a self- sealing laminate pouch and you can fold and unfold your surprise paper again and again without worrying that you will tear it.

If you don’t have any self-sealing laminate pouches,  a simple and easy laminator would work. This is the laminator I use and recommend.

Below is what is included in your Folding Surprise Monster download (see the bottom of the page for actual download instructions):

Things you need for the monster printables:

  • The Folding Surprise Monster printable (print as many copies as you need). We have a color version and a blank version (if your children prefer to color their monster).
  • Grab some crayons, colored pencils or markers to color your monster in your favorite colors.
  • Last but not least, just bring your folding skills! Practice lining up the edges of the paper to get the perfect monster.

Need some craft supplies?

Amazon has always been my go-to for most of my office and craft supplies. If you print a lot of printables and spend  time coloring, gluing and adding some extra jazz to them, our list of supplies can help!

I’ve split the list up into a basic list and a fancier list if you’re going to put a little more pizazz into your printables.

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free printable folding surprise monster

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This monster Halloween craft is a great activity to do in the classroom. Just color, fold and surprise someone with this scary (but happy) little monster. Grab it now.

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