Storytime: Monsters

Books I used:
The Monster’s Monster, Patrick McDonnell
Leonardo the Terrible Monster, Mo Willems
Monsters Love Colors, Mike Austin
Bedtime for Monsters, Ed Vere

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Rhymes, flannels, and songs:
10 little monsters, to the familiar tune
If You’re a Monster and You Know It, action lyrics by me
We used stomp your claws, swipe your paws, and give a roar
5 little monsters, flannel board, here

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Craft:
Open ended art. I got the idea from a friend and early childhood educator. I attached two sets of googly eyes to a sheet of paper and let them draw whatever monsters they wanted.

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And it went:
Well! I was a little uneasy since my audience today was small and young- I was expecting 10 preschoolers and instead I got 3 3 year olds. They loved the monster books and they loved all the opportunities to roar. I almost cut “The Monster’s Monster,” because it’s on the long side, but I went for it and they got really into it.

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The craft may have been too open ended for this age group. One of them went to town, but the others seem frustrated at the lack of direction, so I suggested they pick a monster from our books to draw, which seemed to help.

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