Monsters Aren’t Scary

This weeks storytime theme was monsters. The stories were hard to narrow down because there are so many cute monster books out. We finally decided on: Hungry Monster by Matt Mitter, I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll, and Krong by Garry Parsons.

Are You Sleeping (Frere Jaques)

Are you sleeping, are you sleeping?
Brother John, Brother John?
Morning bells are ringing, morning bells are ringing,
Ding ding dong, ding ding dong.

French Version:
Frere Jacques, Frere Jacques,
Dormez-vous? Dormez-vous?
Sonnez les matines, sonnez les matines,
Ding ding dong, ding ding dong.

Hush Little Baby

Hush little baby, don’t say a word,
Papa’s gonna buy you a mocking bird.

And if that mocking bird won’t sing,
Papa’s gonna buy you a diamond ring.

And if that diamond ring turns brass,
Papa’s gonna buy you a looking glass.

And if that looking glass gets broke,
Papa’s gonna buy you a billy goat.

And if that billy goat won’t pull,
Papa’s gonna buy you a cart and bull.

And if that cart and bull turn over,
Papa’s gonna buy you a dog named Rover.

And if that dog named Rover won’t bark,
Papa’s gonna buy you a horse and cart.

And if that horse and cart fall down,
You’ll still be the sweetest little baby in

Our craft this week was a shape monster. The benefits of this craft are that it is so simple to prepare yet it challenges the kids to use their imagination. A shape monster is exactly what it sounds like. It is a monster made entirely of shapes. For preparation you will need to take different colors of construction paper and cut them into carious shapes: circles, squares, rectangles, triangles…

Lay the pile of shapes in the center of the table along with glue sticks, paper, and any other knickknacks you think would be fun to add to the monster (ex. feathers, buttons, stickers). The great thing about this craft is that there really is no set-in-stone way of doing it. Let the kids decide how their monster will look. Some kids may draw inspiration from the movie Monsters while others will make some that resemble the monsters in the books. Some may go in their own direction and make something completely unexpected which is great!

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