Sensing Monsters

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R was 16 months old at the time of this activity

Book: 

1001 Monster Things to Spot by Usborne Books: 1001 Monster Things to Spot is a wonderful book to enjoy with kids of all ages. Right now, R can enjoy the pictures and growls at the monsters, later, we’ll have fun searching for all the monsters and monster things!

Activity:

1. Monster Sensory Bin

IMG_8069R really enjoyed the monsters sensory bin and played in it for over 45 mins.  I’ve put it out a number of times since, during independent play time, and she is still very engaged!  I included a variety of fun purple coloured textures (such as feathers, spiky balls, a rubbery ball, small and large beads and more), some wonderful smelling orange coloured potpourri and a mix of containers (a small round cardboard box and lid, small wooden scoops and fillable monster fingers).  The base for the sensory bin is made up of black beans and split chick peas.  To add to the monster theme, I included monster parts such as eye balls, teeth, and fingers so that we could practice naming the parts.

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Monsters Munching Coloured Crayons

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R was 16 months old at the time of this activity

Book: 

Ten Little Beasties by Rebecca Emberley: Ten little beasties is another great book by Rebecca Emberley that has awesome, colourful pictures.  This book is definitely an easy read and encourages counting backwards and forwards.

Activity:

1. Cardboard Box Pull & Feed Monster

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R fed her cardboard box monster some alphabet letters.  As she put letters inside, I sang the alphabet song aloud.  She joined in with some mumblings.  The box was made simply by cutting a hole in the top for a mouth, painting it and adding embellishments.  I also attached ribbons through the box for R to pull on.  She enjoyed tugging one side of a ribbon and watching the other side shorten and then pulling on the shortened side to pull the ribbon back out. I knotted both ends of the ribbons so that they couldn’t be pulled all the way out of the box.

Extension Activities:
a. Have the child name the letter as s/he feeds it to the monster.
b. Ask the child to tell you the sound the letter makes as s/he feeds it to the monster.
c. Ask the child to think of a word that starts with the letter as s/he feeds it to the monster

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