Open-Ended Activities

“This means that every child is enthusiastic about beginning the task, confident in working through the task, and excited to share what they have accomplished.  Open-ending the [activities] facilitates responding to diversity.”

-Merrilee Thompson, 2010

Mud Puddle Monsters


R was 15 months old at the time of this activity


Mud Puddle by Robert Munsch: R listened intently as I read the “Mud Puddle” by Robert Munsch.  I absolutely LOVE Robert Munsch (a fellow Canadian!!) and all his great stories.  We even have some of his board book versions of his classics.  R’s favourite Munsch story is “The Paper Bag Princess”.  The paper back version of the Mud Puddle is quite long, so I shortened the story as I read it to her to hold her attention.


1. Mud Monster


R had fun patting, mixing and squishing mud using her hands and making a monster with popsicle sticks (paddle pop sticks) and large googley eyes.  She loves the texture of soil and often play in it.  I had added water to the soil to make it more of a muddy consistency.  R examined it closely when it stuck to her hands but didn’t like it being there.  She would play in the mud and then try to shake it off.


Extension Activities:
a. Discuss where a mud monster might be found with the child.  Have the child find the best location for a house of the mud monster and have him/her build one
b. Talk about what features make a monster a monster.  What parts are missing in our mud monster?  Have the child add other items to the mud monster to represent other monster parts.

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