Wednesday, January 16, 2013

M is for Monster

Have you gotten yourselves any of Ed Emberley's monster books?  We read these this week and did some really fun activities to along with them.

(the photos of the following 2 books are copied from Amazon.  I do not receive compensation if you click and/or buy.)

Go Away, Big Green Monster!Glad Monster, Sad Monster       

There Was an Old Monster!                           If You're a Monster and You Know It...

There are songs that go along with these last two stories.  We played them with instruments and also acted them out/danced to them.  They are amazing!  Ed Emberley's granddaughter, Adrian sings them...and makes the music!  What a talented little thing she is!  Here is the link for FREE downloads of the songs:
If Your A Monster And You Know It             There Was An Old Monster

We had a lot of fun with art and games, too!

"M" Monsters...cut out an M add horns, noses, eyes, mouths, etc.
Monster Hands: Trace a larger hand on craft foam, cut out, add "claws". 

I hot glued straps with thick ribbon so they could stay on their hands while they had a "Wild Rompus"!

Green Monsters: using purple, green and blue we "squash painted" and then added the other features with paper.  We really loved this project!

Here are some other fun monster activities we've done!  I've also made a M for Monster board on Pinterest!


  1. I love the monster hands! I will have to try this with my little ones!

    1. Thanks, Kate! I'm checking out your blog right now..great, great stuff! :)

  2. I love those monster hands! Pinning this one right now! :)

    1. Aren't they cute, Erin? The kids loved playing after they made them. :)

  3. I think I am going to use the monster hands for my sons bday party

  4. Hi there! This is very cool, but I ahve no idea how to "squash paint" at all... Could you explain a little the technique? Thanks!

    1. Squash painting is when you add paint to one side of the paper, fold it over and squish the paint that's inside, then open it up to get a beautiful abstract rainbow of colors!


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