AHH! Monsters!

The theme this week was Monsters and it was quite a hit! The kids loved pretending to be monsters and giving me their best Growls and Roars.

We started with our regular opening song, Hi, Hello.

Monster picture books:

spike the mixed up monster
Spike, the Mixed Up Monster

by Susan Hood, Illus. Melissa Sweet
If You’re a Monster and You Know it
by Rebecca Emberley & Ed Emberley
how to potty train your monster
How to Potty Train your Monster
by Kelly DiPucchio, Illus. by Michael Moon
(the kids especially liked counting the eyeballs on each of the monsters)
creepy monsters, sleepy monsters
Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters: a lullaby
by Jane Yolen, Illus. by Kelly Murphy

Songs & Fingerplays

“Monsters Galore”

Monsters galore, can you roar? (Roar)
Monsters galore, can you soar? (Flying motions)
Monsters galore, please shut the door. (Clap)
Monsters galore, fall on the floor! (Sit/fall down)

“If I Were a Monster”
If I were a happy monster, I’d go ha! ha! ha! (laugh)
If I were a sad monster, I’d go boo, hoo, hoo. (rub eyes)
If I were a mad monster, I’d go stomp, stomp, stomp! (stomp feet)
If I were a scared monster, I’d go AAHH! AAHH! AAHH! (scream)
But I’m just me, you see, so I’ll just read, read, read!
(put hands together like book)


“Five Little Monsters”

5 Little Monsters Template – Printable


This little monster has a big red nose
This little monster has purple toes.
This little monster has green spiky hair
This little monster has teeth that can scare!
And this little monster goes “Tee-hee-hee”
“I’m not scary, It’s just me!”


Styrofoam Ball Monsters

my example
one of the kids’ monsters
one of the kids’ monsters

I got styrofoam balls and painted them beforehand so that they were dry when the kids got them… I did about 6 different colors in all. I gave them free reign to make their monsters look how ever they wanted– the more eyeballs the better!


Styrofoam balls (probably around 2″ in diameter)

and the rest is up to your discretion! some good ideas are:
googly eyes
cotton balls (colored and white)
straws or pipe cleaners for arms
glitter pens, glitter
**to hold the styrofoam balls steady while the kids are decorating I would recommend making a circle out of pipe cleaners and setting the monsters in the pipe cleaner**

Other picture book ideas:

Leonardo, the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
There was an Old Monster by Ed Emberley
Mostly Monsterly by Tammi Sauer, Illus. by Scott Magoon

Other Monster Ideas:

Awesome Storytime: Grrrr…. Monsters
Crafts and Things for Children: Fun Monsters, Crafts, Activites, Books, & Snack
SurLaLune: Monsters
Sunflower Storytime: Monsters

6 thoughts on “AHH! Monsters!

  1. Hi Meg,
    Your blog is terrific and I love your ideas for a Monster-ous storytime! Painting the styrofoam balls ahead of time is a smart idea to make the craft flow more smoothly and your flannel monsters are so cute. It’s great that you included extra books and links to other blogs / websites to explore, as well.
    I have another book to add to your list : My Monster Mama Loves Me So by Laura Leuck.
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Amanda :-)

    1. Hi Amanda! Thank you for the kind words! I haven’t seen that book before but it has definitely been added to my list to check out– the description seems funny and I love a book in rhyme :)

  2. I love your craft idea! I’m going to be doing a monster themed storytime and have been searching for a decent craft. Thanks so much for the idea! I can’t wait for the kids to make them!

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