Monday, October 18, 2010

Tot School: Monsters!

Tot School
This week our theme was Monsters!  My boys have an obsession with monsters so I knew it would be a hit.

 We used Carisa's Happy Monsters tot pack for some of our activities.  Here is K putting googly eyes on the monsters - great for counting and fine motor skills!
When he started to lose interest, I pretended that the monsters couldn't see without their googly eyes and made them "walk" and crash into K.  As you can see, he thought this was hilarious and was more than happy to "save the day" by putting their eyes back on. :)
Another activity from the tot pack is "My monster has a shape on his head!" but K insisted on putting ALL the shapes on the monster's head.
We read Go Away, Big Green Monster and used the monster face I made a while back to create and take away the face as we went.  I just colored, cut out, and laminated all the pieces and then attached velcro so we could remove the parts.  All 3 of my boys love playing with the monster face.
I printed out a Shape Monster book from Hubbard's Cupboard and laminated it.  I read it to K, and then we used this monster puppet (from Target's Dollar section about a year ago) and our button shapes to act it out.  I held the puppet and K would feed it shapes.  This was another fun activity that all 3 of my boys could participate in.
We did this activity using a printable from Making Learning Fun.  K would pull a letter magnet out of a bag and then color the corresponding letter on the monster.  He had a hard time coloring just one letter at a time, so I ended up doing most of the coloring for him.  He did enjoy pulling letters out and trying to find the one that matched, though.
We made an "M is for monster" craft.  I had to wait until A was home from school to do this because he loves doing the letter crafts, too!

Another printable from Making Learning Fun - M & M color sort.  It was really hard to keep K from just eating the M & Ms!
We made sugar cookies and decorated them with monster faces.  The boys LOVED this and I was impressed at their creativity.  We also watched Monsters, Inc. for Family Movie Night.  We had so much fun with monsters (and didn't get to everything I wanted to) so we'll probably continue this theme for another week.
Head on over to 1+1+1=1 to see what other moms & tots are doing!


Stefanie said...

Love the monster theme. So cute!

Elle Belles Bows said...

Thanks for sharing the printable for the Halloween M&M sort! Kerri

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