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
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.