Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Monsters! - Evening Family Story Time 10/2/12

Family Story Time - Monsters!
Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Attendance: 49 (28 children and 21 adults)

Books - My Monster Mama Loves Me So by Laura Leuck
             Monster Munchies by Laura Numeroff
             Go to Bed, Monster! by Natasha Wing

Finger Puppets: "Five Little Monsters"

Cut and Tell Story: "The Mess Monster"

Prop Poem:  "Monster Lunch"

Prop Story: "Sam and the Acorn"

Crafts: Monster Mouth and Monster Feet

A Monster Mouth and Monster Feet (with "hair" between the toes)

Notes: Last year in October I did a Halloween program so this year I decided to do monsters instead. The monster theme drew a large crowd for evening Family Story Time. I've noticed that several families have been attending regularly. It's nice to see several dads at the program. "Sam and the Acorn" was the biggest hit of the program. It made the work that went into making the pieces worthwhile. The group also liked "The Mess Monster." By far the most popular activity of the evening was the Monster Feet craft. The feet were fun to make and the children loved walking around in them. Several cell phone cameras came out as parents took pictures of their little monsters. I changed the craft to make it easier to prepare for a large group by making an easy to cut out foot template. The children drew on the toenails and, instead of tissue paper, small pieces of yarn were used for monster hair. The Monster Mouth craft is similar to the Jack O' Lantern Smile that was one of last year's crafts for the Halloween Family Story Time. Several examples are available online or you can make your own. The children colored the mouth, cut it out and then taped a craft stick to the back.

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