Reading books about imagined monsters to children helps validate their fears and gives them ways to cope with possible scary sounds or sights. “Bears in the Night” by Stan and Jan Berenstain and “There’s a Nightmare in my Closet” by Mercer Mayer, tell the story of a character in a scary situation and then resolve it into a psychologically satisfying conclusion. The first with the scary sound being an owl and the second with the imagined monster being friendly and in need of comfort, like the child.
Pretending to be a monster can make children feel powerful and in control. At RCNS we like to pretend to be monsters by singing
I’m the biggest monster that you’ve ever seen
My eyes are purple and my teeth are green.
I’m big and I’m scary, You know what I mean?
And this is what I like to do.
I do the monster boogie, the monster boogie, the monster boogie ‘round the room.
There is a second verse and you can have fun making up a third and a fourth verse.