These free printable friendly monster cards come with a monster colouring page and an art prompt on the back. A fun surprise card for kids who like to draw – Halloween or Valentine’s Day special!

Friendly Monster: free printable card + colouring page + drawing prompt. A fun little gift that doubles as a craft for kids who like to draw! Great Valentine's day or Halloween card.

Many kids like monsters. I could attribute at least part of their interest to Pixar’s funny Monsters Inc, but in truth, I remember my own fascination with “scarrry monsterrr” stories at a certain age, way before Monsters Inc. Must have been the general longing for excitement and something ever so slightly scary (but by no means really scary!) in my life. I have maintained some fondness for monsters over the years, mostly because they’re so fun to draw! I like making fluffy, fanged and horned monsters for Anselm – or at least outlining a furry shape and letting him work on all the extra eyes, fangs and horns.

So when we started making our printable cards with colouring pages and drawing prompts, monsters were pretty high on our list of possible topics. The cards we are preparing for our friends for Valentine’s Day come with either a colouring page or a drawing prompt on their back. The other cards we have made in the series this far include birds and sweets.

Friendly Monster: free printable card + colouring page + drawing prompt.

Now, colouring pages are old-time favourites, but if you haven’t tried drawing prompts with your kids yet, I highly recommend them. You draw a few lines, or leave a blotch of colour on a piece of paper, or doodle a little something, but leave the picture incomplete for kids to finish. Sometimes the way to complete the picture is obvious, but other times it can be anything. Drawing prompts are great for exercising creativity and problem solving. This winter we’ve even made an art prompt book for our son!

Friendly Monster: free printable card + colouring page + drawing prompt.

For the cards, I painted the designs in watercolours then scanned then, so we could print dozens of copies for everyone. Or even a dozen for my son alone. He loves creating several versions of one prompt

If you have a special someone who would enjoy a card they can draw on, you can download and print it here.

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Friendly Monster: free printable card + colouring page + drawing prompt. A fun little gift that doubles as a craft for kids who like to draw! Great Valentine's day or Halloween card.

We’ll be very excited to see your monsters! Share your pictures with us on our Instagram or Facebook pages!

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