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. This is essentially a counting down book with a good rhythm and fun illustrations. Generally, Anna is not a fan of monsters or other otherwordly creatures, but even she couldn’t resist these cute monsters and enjoyed the story.
With Halloween around the corner it was only appropriate to make some monster craft. I bought this “Make a Monster” set at $1 section of Target and regretted bitterly a few days later that I only got one. This would make a perfect party favor for her upcoming birthday party. Alas, the sets were already gone. Anyway, I opened the package today, and that was truly the perfect project for her – 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. The craft set contains four monsters, and I expected that she will only make one, but she got so enthusiastic about this activity (especially about glitter glue that is new for her) that she ended up making all four – completely independently except that I helped her to peel a couple of difficult stickers. We were both proud of her cute monsters: