Monster and Son Book Review
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Monster and Son is a darling walk through a child’s day with their parent and the illustrations happen to be of different monster parents and children. My little man loved it! I heard all about which monster was the scariest or biggest or loudest… so we made it part of our activities for the week and this is what we did!
Monster Masks and Feet Activity
There was one morning sister was off playing and so Mr 2 and I decided to get creative and turn ourselves into monsters! He looked through the book for ideas for his monster mask.
Then we went crazy with the craft supplies! I used things that we had in our craft supplies minus the foam sheets. USE FOAM SHEETS! They hold their shape a lot better then paper will. I got out feathers, jewels, googly eyes, tissue squares, peel foam stickers, jumbo popsicle sticks as handles, honestly you can’t go wrong here. I would get the foam glue to glue onto the foam. I created an Amazon Wish List for you with some craft supplies you may need or want!
I put the book up in our book stand (that we LOVE) with the monster that he had decided he thought was the scariest and wanted to make.
I cut out the foam head, with his direction of course, and then gave him the materials and we made our monster masks together. After our scary creations were complete I put them face down on a blank piece of paper with a heavy box of blocks on top so they could dry well. While they were drying we made monster feet- using the same foam that we used for the masks. I didn’t expect this to be such a success! He stomped around and it really brought his monster-ing to life!
When the masks were dry we really had a party! I had to wait for daddy to get home from Medical Schooling to take a picture of us with our masks! (big sister wanted to join in and today kept asking and asking if she could make her own mask that I finally gave in)
(This one is my favorite! He looks like a monster carrying the tiny ambulance!)
Guard the Princess Activity
The intensity in his face says it all. This was serious business. The castle building, capturing and guarding the princess was hard dragon work. The tall tower was knocked down multiple times by a dragon tail but was quickly rebuilt. There were knights who tried to save the fair maiden but the ferocious dragons (Mr 2 and I) defended our prize.
There you go! Get out the blocks and let your imagination run wild! Get down on the floor and pretend with your little one. Be a monster with them.
Outing Together Activity
Our next activity starts off with a question:
What is one of your favorite things to do together?
We started off by reading the book (again) and talking about the monsters in the pictures and the things they were doing together. We talked about the things we liked to do together and made a plan to do it. We hadn’t been to the zoo in a couple months and decided that was what we wanted to do together. It doesn’t have to be a big thing it could be cuddling and reading stories or going to get donuts, whatever! Just make it happen – show your little ones you love being with them and that you make and keep commitments.
My last activity was probably my favorite! It is super easy and hilariously fun! Ok its really easy! Order these Googly Eye Finger Puppets and let the magic happen!
But really I just had these out on the table during breakfast and before you knew it we had Monster puppets named “Bowugha” “Essie” and “Nagget”. Our whole morning we were playing monsters, talking in silly voices and having so much fun. Play. Imagination. Exploring. That is what childhood is all about!
I hope these activities have given you an idea or a starting place that will lead you on an literacy adventure! I love literacy based learning and play! I really truly think what BookRoo does is fabulous and such a service to us moms! Remember to stop by my Review of BookRoo for a Promo Code of 15% off!
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