Halloween will soon be knocking on our door, and as it has to be one of my kiddos favorite holidays we thought we would share our Monster Theme Day with you. Monsters can be scary, but they do not have to be. We picked a fun monster themed book and a couple of easy crafts to go along with it.
This idea all started when my mom reminded me of a favorite childhood book…”Sesame Street: the monster at the end of this book.” I suddenly wanted to share it with my kiddos, too. I did a quick search and discovered that this book was in our county library and requested it to our local library. The kids were so excited to have a monster book. I will admit, they were a little nervous the first time they read it, but by the end they were super excited and asked me to read it over and over again and even tried to read it to each other. That has not happened in a while. Oh boy, how they love monsters!
If you do a quick google search, I discovered there is a copy of this book right now available for viewing online through the illustrator, Mike Smollin.
To extend the monster fun, try one of these fun and easy crafts:
What You Need:
- Paint – we went with white, black and red
- Paper – we chose black
Step 1: Paint palm and fingers of hand with paint.
Step 2: Quickly place hand paint side down on paper. Gently press and slowly remove hand.
Step 3: Turn the paper around so fingers are pointing towards the bottom of the paper. Paint eyes and mouth on.
Super simple and took less than 5 minutes to make. My son decided to get creative by painting red angry eyes and to make extra ghosts with his finger tips.
What You Need:
- Paper – a variety of colors and scraps are great!
Create a variety of shapes in different sizes and let your child’s imagination go crazy. My kiddos started with a body shape, the older one traced his using a bottle he found in the pantry. They used the scraps we had available on the table and requested certain shapes as they went along. It was a fun way to practice shapes and use shapes to make other things (like their monster shoes). As they were creating their monsters they started to talk about what their monster was like and what it did. I absolutely loved hearing their discussion! We spent a good 20-30 minutes making our monsters. This was a huge hit!
Have fun with your Monster Day! I would love to hear how it goes, if you give it a try.