Sunday, February 10, 2013

Monsters!

Theme: Monsters
Honey Pot is 2 years and 9 months old
Little M&M is 10 months old



Books

Monster books were actually harder to come by than I was expecting! I know we have a dinky library, but really, this is a hot topic! So we found three, and combined them with a couple from our own collection. Here’s what we read:

Jeremy Draws A Monster by Peter McCarty
Frankenstein’s Dog by Jan Wahl
Monster Manners by Joanna Cole
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone and Michael Smollin


Honey Pot has entered a fun new phase where she reads books all by herself. Her Daddy and I are not even allowed to utter a word. Some books she knows by heart, and it is so wonderful to hear and see her “reading” and having such a love for books. Our baby girl is growing up!



Boogie Monster – Book and Craft

Actually this is included in our theme quite coincidentally. Our local story-time group read this book, as well as organized the fun craft to go along with it. We created one sock while we were there, and finished the second at home. We just made them simple. First Honey Pot squeezed some glue onto it for the eyes and nose.


Then I twirled on a chenille stem as antenna. I asked her if she wanted one, three or more eyes on it, but she just wanted two. No extra embellishments either! So here are our cute little monster socks!



She had a lot of fun dancing away while the book was read during story-time. And it was such a cute book!

Create-A-Monster Felt Board

I was inspired by the shape monsters on a blog called Houseof Baby Piranha. Instead of paper, I wanted Honey Pot to be able to reuse these, so I used felt! Here is what I created to make sure I had enough fun pieces:


Then I spread them all out as an invitation for Honey Pot the following morning:


So excited, she got right to work on them. The first monster is my particular favorite, as I would have never thought to decorate it this way myself. So animated!



And she was happy to make more monsters too – no prompting necessary. I helped with the arms and legs on these two.


And after playing around a bit, here was the final product. LOVE this, and I know she’ll love to play with these again and again.


Monster Math

I saw this idea on No Time For Flashcards. There, Allison recommended laminating these for reuse. I love the idea, so that I can keep changing the numbers with a dry erase pen and get tons of number practice out of these. First I set out all the supplies.


Honey Pot and I identified the numbers together, as she still has difficulty recognizing them. But she did all the counting. She did an awesome job of counting the googly eyes, and seemed to have lots of fun making the monsters. Such a cute way to learn math!






Wipes Container Monster Game

I came across this on Pinterest from a blog called Sweet Charli. So very cute! I created mine with paper instead of fabric though, because that’s all I had on hand. Although I did use felt for the mouth to make it softer for little hands to reach into!


Then I laid out alphabet tiles from our Upwords game.


Honey Pot loved just playing with these, but I wanted to include at least a little bit of learning! Using my scary monster voice, I had the monster call out which letter he wanted. I.e. “Feed me the letter M!” This made the game very fun for Honey Pot, and she spoke to him and fed him happily. Of course our monster was polite and said “thank you” when he was done munching loudly.



Sometimes, if the letter called was particularly tricky, I squished a few letters together to narrow it down for her. “Hmm, maybe one of these is the letter S?” This helps tremendously!



Then she discovered the fun of stacking the tiles. I decided to adjust my rules to accommodate this, and had the monster ask for a certain number of letters instead. I.e. “I’m hungry for three letters. Feed me a stack of three!” She loved this, and we got to sneak in more counting practice this week.



She loved the game so much; we dumped out the letter tiles and started again.


Even Little M&M explored the wipes container monster! I see a “treasure box” in his future…


Monster Slime

I wanted to include some sensory in this week’s theme, and came across a recipe for monster slime from a blog called All Things Simple. So. Much. Fun.

First I had Honey Pot empty a bottle of Elmers glue (we used the blue gel because that’s all I had on hand, but regular works fine) into a bowl.


Add a half of a cup of water, and stir.


Then tint it your color of choice with food coloring. We choose creepy, slimy green. Yes, that’s the official color name. Stir it up!


In a separate bowl, mix 1 cup of water with ½ of a teaspoon of borax.


Stir until the borax is completely dissolved!


Add the glue mixture to the borax mixture. Stir well, and wait for it to harden!


This took a few minutes, and then we drained the water and were left with some severely sticky muck.


I took over temporarily and kneaded it, and soon the stickiness went away. It became awesome monster slime! Not sticky whatsoever, and such fun!




I let Little M&M touch it briefly. He didn’t much care for it, but Honey Pot squished and played for a long while.




“Look! A handprint!”


And to enforce the monster theme, we added a couple googly eyes. The slime is not really moldable though, so they didn’t stay too well.



But it does BOUNCE!





We gave Little M&M another go at it.





I mean, look at this stuff!


Monster Sensory Bag

I wanted a quick sensory bag for Little M&M to enjoy, when I noticed a near-empty bottle of shampoo under my sink. I don’t know about anyone else, but I finish my conditioner first and wind up with many near-empty bottles of shampoo. How serendipitous! Instant sensory fun. Just add googly eyes.


He loved it!





And of course, so did Honey Pot.




She even created a game. She flipped the bag over, and squished it around until each of the eyes was facing up again.



What a fun week!

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