Some children are afraid of monsters. Of course, they are not real. I think the best way to ward off that fear is to read funny stories about them. Humor is always the best medicine, right? If kids think they are playful and fun, and see silly pictures of them they will not have anything to be afraid of. My kids loved the Sandra Bouton books when they were little about the monsters. Their favorite one was Birthday Monsters. These little monsters come and make a big mess and have lots of birthday fun but then they clean it all up. The monsters are cute and silly.
The Tickle Monster By: Josie Bissett is another fun book about monsters. In this book, the reader gets to tickle the child and giggle the whole way through with this monster. What a fun way to talk about monsters in a very non-threatening way!
After you read these books you can try out these fun 8 FREE monster play dough mats. This will further help the kids find monsters fun and friendly! Click here to get your FREE Monster Play Dough Mats.
Here are some different ideas to use with them:
1. Laminate for extended use or put them in a report cover as seen above.
2. Use a dry erase marker to write a number in the corner. Then have your child count buttons or googly eyes, or pom poms to put on the monster in any funny way.
3. Use these as play dough mats and let your child create other parts for the monster or lay play dough parts on top of the monster.
4. Count different shapes on each monster and encourage your child to tell you the shape names.
5. Point to different monster parts and ask your child the colors on the monster.
6. Print out two copies of the monster and cut one of the monsters apart. Have your child match up the cut up parts to the uncut sheet.
Hopefully putting these activities together will ward off any fears you child might have had about monsters. If they weren’t afraid then hopefully it was just a fun activity to use with these books or with a monster theme!
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