I could not have asked for an activity to go better! He loved making this fun and easy paper bag monster craft and has played with it a bunch already. For craft like this that are going to be played with I try to make them before nap so that the drying time is less painful for the ever so patient two-year-old.
- Gather your materials. You will need a paper lunch bag, some paint, some scrap construction paper, 2 large googly eyes, glue, tape, scissors, and newspaper.
- Start by handing your child the paper bag, with the flap side down (that will be the back) and have them paint it.
- While they do that, cut out a fun mouth, some big eyes, and some silly hair. Older kids can do this themselves!
- Put the eyes on with glue
- Glue the googly eyes on top
- Glue the mouth and hair on!
- Set the bag aside, rip the newspaper into strips and hand them to your child to crumple.
- Stuff the crumpled paper in when the bag is dry enough!
- Fold and tape the bottom. I like to use tape because it’s flexible.
- Read to your Monster!
“Twelve Terrible Things” by Marty Kelley is horrifying to me, yet my son loves this book. He must have slipped it in our library bag because I have no recollection of choosing this book, and I didn’t pre-read it when we got home. By then it was too late, my son was hooked on the dark humor this book delivers. The book offers up 12 terrible things, like a scary clown, a goldfish on its way down the toilet and monsters under the bed. The illustrations are all from the reader’s viewpoint so the scary things are looking right at you! I am easily scared, I can’t watch horror film trailers without getting nightmares. While I screamed twice reading this, my son just wanted “more more!”. I really don’t recommend this book for young kids although some older ones who like scary things will love it.
“My Monster Mama Loves Me So” by Laura Leuck is more my kind of monster book for kids. Imaginative illustrations by Mark Buehner kept my little man pointing out spiders, bats, and owls and he loved counting the extra eyes and arms on the monsters. The story is really sweet too. It’s all the things a mama monster does throughout the day with her little monster. It’s a sweet message about how love can be an action as well as a feeling!
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