Thursday, June 14, 2012

Theme Thursday: Monster Mash

Who says monsters are just for Halloween? Not in this library. Take a look with us at the silly, gross and not-at-all scary monsters running around

Song: Good Morning Dear Earth

Poem: I Had a Little Turtle

Song: The More We Get Together

Book: Maggie and the Monster by Elizabeth Winthrop

Flannel: 5 Green and Speckled Frogs

 Book: Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley

Song: Shake Your Sillies Out

Book: If You're A Monster And You Know It by Rebecca Emberley

Finger Play: 5 in the Bed

Flannel: Munching Monster

Song: Turn Around from Getting to know Myself


Make and Take Craft: Build A Monster

-construction paper shapes (prepared beforehand)
-glue sticks
-googly eyes or eye stickers
-construction paper

Process: After story time I spread out the glue sticks, crayons, "body pieces" and stickers on the craft table, gave each child a sheet of construction paper and let them go wild. The great thing about monsters is that they can look like anything and they're still right. Shapes I had envisioned being used for heads ended up being bodies and the sharp teeth I cut out were universally turned into crowns. 

If you want a little more advanced craft, you can cut the construction paper into actual geometric shapes and talk about them before the kids make monsters. Everyone got really into their monsters and went around scaring the adults in the room with them afterwards. Along with the train craft, this was one of the most successful and developmentally appropriate crafts we've tried.

Time: Prep took 5 minutes, the craft took 35.

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