I found these great posts about monster play dates and decided to use them as a springboard. First is this monster play date from Oopsey Daisy. Second, is this monster lesson plan from Mrs. Home Economist. There is some seriously good stuff there!
To start any good activity, you know I need some books. Here are my monster book picks:
My Monster Mama Loves Me So by Laura Leuck
Sweet rhyming story about why a monster mama loves her child. Be sure to look for the hidden items in each picture.
Monster Math by Anne Miranda
One little monster is having a birthday party. Watch as the party grows, by ones, then by tens as more monsters join in on the fun.
Jeepers Creepers A Monstrous ABC by Laura Leuck
Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberly
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
There was an Old Monster by Rebecca Emberly
A fun twist on the I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly story, only this time with a crazy critter eating monster.
Here are the activities that we did after our stories.
Monster eye sorting
I found the sorting cards here. The kids had fun sorting the colored eyes onto the monsters. I will mix the eyes into a big ball of playdough like Alison did next time. I think my boys would have fun playing with the playdough and creating crazy monsters with it.
Monster candy bracelets
I found this candy jewelry kit on clearance after Halloween. The boys had fun stringing on the candy beads and eating their monstrous creations afterwards.
Making Learning Fun has a bunch of literature based monster activities as well.
1+1+1=1 has a Monster tot book printable.
File Folder Fun has a great Monster Manners game.