We’ve been reading through the book The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot at our house, which somehow introduced the whole concept of monsters into play. Suddenly, there’s a lot of roaring, blanket-hiding, and “Help! A monster is coming!” going on around here.
So, for this week’s fun, I thought we’d do a monster theme. Here’s one of the projects we worked on together.
Here’s What You Need:
- Green Paint (or whatever color you choose!)
- Paint Brush
- Washcloth or wipes (to quickly clean off little feet)
- Googly eyes
- Any other embellishments you’d like!
- Old sheet or drop cloth (optional)
Here’s What You Do:
For me, I did this project with a bunch of squirmy toddlers, so I first had them all sit on an old sheet. Make sure you have all your supplies nearby, because you will not want to get up once you get started!
I poured some green paint on a paper plate and then used a paint brush to paint the toddler’s feet and toes. You can either them press their foot down while their still sitting or have them stand up on the paper. After you’ve got a print, clean off that foot! For a few kids, we did two feet. For the really ticklish kids, we stuck with one foot. 🙂 You’ll forgive me if I didn’t take pictures during this part. I do have cream colored carpet after all.
After the prints dry, I wrote either “Monster” or “M is for Monster” on the page.
Next, I helped the kids glue on some eyes and allowed them to color over the Monsters. I encouraged them to add hair, arms, antenna, whatever. You could also provide yarn, glitter, or any other kind of embellishments.
While you’re at it, be sure to grab this AMAZING RESOURCE from Oopsy Daisy. It’s called “M is for Monster” and it is 44 pages (you read that right) of great ideas. It’s got activities, math projects, games, crafts for moms, flannelgraph patterns, snacks, songs, and a HUGE list of books. We used a few ideas out of the packet like Monster Slime, Monster in a Bag, and the songs from page 10. Head on over to her site and pick up your copy. It’s so great! You can see some pictures of the projects in this post.
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About the Author
Lindsey Whitney is a home day care provider and a blogger over at Growing Kids Ministry.
Growing Kids Ministry is a blog designed to help parents, teachers, and Children’s Ministry workers who want to help the kids they love grow in their faith. You can connect with her via twitter or on facebook.