I was hoping the day after Halloween would bring with it some talk about being afraid, or seeing some scary costumes while out trick-or-treating. WHY? Because I was hoping to have some "monster fun" this week! WHY? Because the monster books I have are a HIT with the kids, and monsters are just plain FUN!! But, with that said, I am a believer in following the lead of young children....I sure love it when they lead me where I was hoping they would go!!
So then....monster playdough!!
It's VERY important to note that this Monster Playdough was presented to the children in my program as a "plop". By that, I mean it was quietly placed on the table with NO direction from me what-so-ever. I never once referred to this clump of playdough as "monster playdough". I simply "plopped" it, and stepped back. The children did the rest.
If you do this same activity, don't be surprised if your children don't see "monsters" out of this! It is quite possible they wont -- and THAT IS FINE!! FOLLOW the children in your program...let them lead with THEIR ideas!!
|Poke in some "monster teeth" (white golf tees)|
|Discovering the "monster teeth"|
|Great fine motor activity...I would add more teeth next time|
|The first eye is discovered!|
|"E" can feel an eye, but he....just.....can't.....get......it! (notice the tongue!?)|
|It didn't take long for the monster building to begin!|
|Now THAT is a proud face!!|
Monster books that we love:
If You're a Monster and You Know It by Ed Emberly
There Was an Old Monster by Ed Emberly
Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberly
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
The Tickle Monster by Josie Bissett
Now GO PLAY!! :)