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A Halloween Book That Teaches Math
I am a big fan of MathStart series – it introduces basic math concepts to children in a fun and playful way, and it levels up rather gracefully. Monster Musical Chairs by Stuart J. Murphy introduces counting down concept through a game of musical chairs where 6 monsters are eliminated from the game one by one. Even though my daughter is not a fan of monsters or other otherwordly creatures, she couldn’t resist these cute monsters, enjoyed the story and replayed it on her own. I will keep the same counting down approach to introduce 10 amazing monster ideas that can extend this story.
10. Make-Your-Own-Monster With Stickers
We went the lazy route in our house. I found this “Make a Monster” set at $1 section of Target and regretted bitterly a few days later that I only got one. These sets would make a perfect party favor for my daughter’s upcoming birthday party. They were a great value – with four monster outlines, a sticker sheet with “monster parts”, googly eyes and Smarty’s favorite item of late – glitter glue. Smarty dug into this project with unusual enthusiasm, and it was really the perfect art activity for a 3 year old child – just enough variety to make it open-ended, and not too overwhelming to frustrate her. It was also a perfect project for me – no preparation required and only very minimal cleanup needed. Smarty actually gave a lot of thoughts to her monsters and ended up making all four of them at once. She was very proud of the result.
9. Decorate a Stuffed Monster SoftieIf you are crafty, you can whip up a monster softie for your preschoolers using a free pattern from Mama Smiles and have your children decorate it. I think even my monster-hating daughter would love this cutie (in fact, she does have a similar one knitted by my Mom’s friend).
dough monsters created by her young daughters that are very similar to our play dough monsters (unfortunately, I failed to snap pictures of them!)
7. TP Roll Monsters (Loo Monsters)It’s amazing what a modest toilet paper roll can transform itself into in the right hands. Red Ted Art certainly has the magic touch to turn TP rolls into fantastic loo roll monsters.
6. Rock MonstersRed Ted Art (again!) also offered another monster art idea for preschoolers – rock monsters. All you need is paint, rock, and googly eyes. However… you can get spooky and paint your rocks with glowing paint creating glowing stone eyes – such a brilliant idea!
5. Cookie MonstersMonsters that you can eat? Count every preschooler in, especially if they are presented with colorful icing and candy eyes. These easy monster cookies from Red Ted Art (yes, yet again!) are easy indeed, and cookies could be made in advance, so eager decorators can jump right into monster making.
4. Mix and Match Felt MonstersMy daughter made “fixed” monsters with her monster cards, but And Next Comes L took the same idea of moving parts to the next level with felt monster shapes that children can mix and match to their hearts’ content.
Organic shape monsters is a terrific creative idea for kids age 4 and older from Our Art Lately. Arrange a yarn into a shape and let their imaginations go wild. It could be a fun evening project to do for the whole family.
2. Craft Yarn MonstersGood things come to people who are not afraid of messy art. They get to make yarn monsters like these ones from Hands On As We Grow.
1. Apple MonstersThe #1 on my own WOW list – amazing edible apple monsters from Kids Activities Blog. Want one now! Will be making one soon!
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