There is no shortage of ideas when it comes to the theme of monsters (hello Pinterest!). We decided to take advantage of this fact and so for preschool today our theme was M is for monsters.
We read a monster book (see the list below for ideas) and then we did a little monster math (disguised as googly eye fun). Inspired by No Time for Flashcards I cut out some simple monster bodies and gave each child a bowl of googly eyes. They took turns pulling numbers out of a bowl and counting out the corresponding number of eyes for their monster. After a few rounds of play the girls wanted to stick the eyes to the body with glue and add some other features (arms, mouth, etc) which was fine by me.
Our next activity was a reading of Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley. This book is a favorite at our house, and my non-reading four year old “read” it aloud to us today. Then we used these cutouts which I had previously colored to illustrate the story as we read it again. For a follow-up activity we did the roll and color a monster game using the printables here.
After lunch we read a few more monster stories and wrapped things up by making monsters out of playdough. My favorite homemade playdough recipe can be found here (note-today I added almost another cup of flour to the recipe to make it nice and soft), and for added fun today we included googly eyes and pipe cleaners to create the monster body parts.
Further Ideas: we didn’t get to it today, but I love this cute monster matching game from No Time for Flashcards.
The Monster Book Reading List
Our favorite monster books to read include:
Go Away Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Bedtime for Monsters by Ed Vere
My Monster Mama Loves Me So by Laura Leuck
The Monster Who Ate My Peas, by Danny Schnitzlein