Go Away Big Green Monster Craft: Help Your Child Conquer Fears

While Halloween is generally considered a fun time of the season, it can also feel overwhelming and scary to our younger ones. I know my sons can’t enter a Halloween shop thanks to the scary masks, ghoul outfits and tombstone decorations lurking about.

Use this Go Away Big Green Monster craft as an activity to talk to your child about things that are scary and make them fun.

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Go Away Big Green Monster Craft and Activity

Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberly is a wonderful and inventive book that shows children they have the ability to conquer something that might be scary. It teaches them they can erase the image and have power over what once scared them. And the best thing… Go Away Big Green Monster is actually a fun book! But it does open up the dialogue about things that go bump in the night and how we all can manage our fears.

In Go Away Big Green Monster, children turn cut-out pages to slowly build up the face of the monster. Turn the page and the eyes are added. Turn the next page and the nose is added. But then, children tell the monster to GO AWAY! They turn the page and they make the ears go away. They make the mouth go away. Until they have made the monster completely disappear. And then we tell the monster, “And don’t come back! Until I say so.”

Go Away Big Green Monster Description: Caldecott Award-winning author-artist Ed Emberley has created an ingenious way for children to chase away their nighttime fears. Kids can turn the pages of this die-cut book and watch the Big Green Monster grow. Then, when they’re ready to show him who’s in charge, they’ll turn the remaining pages and watch him disappear! This lavish reissue features dramatic die-cut eyes and sparkling foil on the cover.

Go Away Big Green Monster Craft & ActivityEd3

We took the book one step further and created our own Go Away Big Green Monster craft. We cut out our own Big Green Monster pieces and had fun putting together the face as well as taking it apart.


  • Construction paper (multiple colors)
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Black Marker

For this activity, you need to cut out eyes and draw in the pupils using a black marker. Cut out a long nose, small ears, wiggly ears and mouth. For the teeth, cut out white triangles and glue them on.

Go Away Big Green Monster Activity | The Jenny Evolution

Now let your child tell the story using the pieces. One by one, add them to the face. And when she’s done, have her act out the part — “Go away wiggly hair. Go away long nose.” —  until she has made the monster disappear.

If you really want to get creative, make a bunch of different types of noses, ears, eyes and whatnot and let your kiddo have fun making different goofy monsters.

Help Kids Fight Their Fears - Ed Emberly's Go Away Big Green Monster Craft & Activity | The Jenny Evolution


This post is part of an AWESOME Halloween Read and Play Blog Hop.  Make sure to check out the other activities from fantastic bloggers!

Pleasantest Thing – Goodnight Goon – Halloween Slime

LalyMom – Five Little Pumpkins – Counting Pumpkins Clothespin Activity

The Jenny Evolution – Go Away Big Green Monster – Paper Monster Craft

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The Inspired Treehouse – The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything – Printable Halloween Craft for Kids

Lovely Commotion – Pumpkin Pumpkin – Pumpkin Life Cycle

Bambini Travel – Broom, Zoom – Night Sky Activity

Chicken Babies – Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance – Monster Dancing and Eyeball Games

Preschool Powol Packets – Room on the Broom – Croaking Frog Craft

Adventures of Adam – Winnie the Witch – Multicolored Cat Project

Cutting Tiny Bites – Click, Clack, Boo! A Tricky Treat – Halloween-inspired Sound Effects Box

Cutting Tiny Bites – Click, Clack, Boo! A Tricky Treat – Halloween Shadow Garland

Betsy’s Photography – Popcorn (A Frank Asch Bear Book) – Making Popcorn Bars

All Done Monkey – Runaway Pumpkin – Rolling Pumpkin Experiment

Mama Smiles – Where is Baby’s Pumpkin? – Halloween Felt Board Activity & Coloring Pages

Craft Ideas for Kids – Spider Sandwiches – Halloween Sensory Play: Monster Pizza Parlour

Teach Beside Me – Inside a House That is Haunted – Haunted House Craft for Kids

One Time Through – Magic School Bus: Haunted Museum – Spooky Sound Experiments

Bare Feet on the Dashboard – Curious George Goes to a Costume Party – Pretend Play: Costume Dance Party

Where Imagination Grows – 5 Little Ghosts – Ghost Collage Light Table Activity

Fireflies and Mud Pies – Scary Scary Halloween – Halloween Necklace Craft

Royal Baloo – AlphaOops – Halloween Letter Puppets

Rubberboots and Elf Shoes – Skeleton Hiccups – Paper Chain Skeleton Craft

P is for Preschooler – Clifford’s Halloween – Cotton Ball Ghost Craft

Little Bins For Little Hands – ABCs of Halloween – Alphabet Halloween Sensory Bin

Mama Miss – Sheep Trick-or -Treat – Sheep Craft, Activity, and Snack

Pink Stripey Socks – Scaredy-Cay Splat the Cat – Spider Costume

Fun-A-Day! – Big Pumpkin – Halloween Sequencing Activity

Line Upon Line Learning – The Spooky Old Tree – Prepositions Game and Tree-themed Busy Box

Kitchen Floor Crafts – Pumpkin Eye – Halloween Sticky Collage

Coffee Cups and CratonsSpookley the Square Pumpkin – Glitter Pumpkin Sun Catchers

Planet Smarty Pants – The Picky Little Witch – Halloween Cupcakes

Wise Owl Factory – Bunnicula and others – Halloween Book Fun Learning Round Up

Don’t forget to check out the Halloween Read and Play Pinterest Board which features ALL these great activities!

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  1. I remember as a child being scared at night. No matter what my mother did, showing me the empty closet/under the bed etc. I was always afraid. I love they have these books to help the kids cope.

    • Thanks! It really is an approachable book… which is actually why I read it to my kiddo. He’s completely freaked out by much of Halloween and it was a good way to talk to him about his fears.