Monsters Attack

Monsters Attack

Activity

Materials Needed

Introductory Activity

 

  • Monster parts printable (available for download)
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Food colouring
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Double-sided tape
  • Other decorative items that you may have at home

 

Focused Activity

 

 

Bonus Challenge I

 

 

Bonus Challenge II

 

 

Sensory Play

 

  • Empty container
  • Bottle/jug of water
  • Transparent clear cups
  • Ice-cube tray
  • At least two different food colourings of your choice
  • Googly eyes
  • Dropper/syringe

 

Introduction : Monster Attack

Objectives

1. Develop creativity by putting different body parts together in interesting combinations to make monsters

 

Materials Needed

  • Monster parts printable (available for download)

  • Hard-boiled eggs

  • Food colouring

  • 1 tsp white vinegar

  • 1/2 cup boiling water

  • Bowl

  • Spoon

  • Double-sided tape

  • Other decorative items that you may have at home

 

Directions

Prep:

  • Prep the area by covering your work surface with newspaper or kitchen towels

  • Pour the boiling water into a bowl

    • the number of bowls you have should correspond with the number of colours your wish to dye your eggs

  • Add vinegar and desired food colouring to the bowl of boiling water. Then, stir

    • one colour to one bowl

  • Repeat for other colours in other bowls

 

Activity 1: Dyeing the eggs

  • Invite child to carefully place an egg into each bowl of coloured water

  • Use a spoon to turn the eggs around in the bowl so that the entire egg is covered with the coloured water

  • Immerse the egg about 5-10mins until you get your desired shade of colour on the egg

  • Then, use a spoon to lift the egg out of the bowl and set aside to dry

 

Activity 2:

  • Print and cut out monster parts from the attached printable

  • Stick-double-sided tape onto the back of each monster part

  • Invite child to stick various monster parts onto the coloured hard-boiled eggs to make different monsters

    • Prompt child to name the monster part that he/she is sticking onto the egg and what it is used for

    • You may also complete your monster look by using decorative items you may have around your home such as toothpicks, cotton balls, ice cream sticks etc.

 

Note: After having some monster fun, you may wish to shell the hard-boiled eggs and use it as part of your meals during the day

 

 

Focused Activity: Thumbprint Monster Counting Book

Objectives

  1. Count reliably, one object at a time up to a collection of 5 or more.

  2. Write up to 5 or more numerals with quantity.

  3. Express creativity and imagination in decorating monster thumbprints with facial features.

 

Materials Needed

 

Directions

Prep:

  • Print out the pages to the thumbprint monster counting book.

 

Activity:

  • First, have your child write his/her name on the cover page of the book.

  • Guide your child in filling out the pages to the thumbprint monster counting book.

  • Look at the words printed at the bottom of the page (e.g. one monster), have your child identify the numerical word and write the corresponding numeral and insert relevant number of thumbprints on the page.

  • Finally, he/she may add legs and arms and other facial features to their monsters by drawing them in.

 

Bonus Challenge I: Measuring Monsters

Objectives

  1. Compare height/length of two objects and use appropriate comparative vocabulary (e.g. long/short).

  2. Use non-standard units to measure length and height and make comparisons.

 

Materials Needed

 

Directions

Prep:

  • Print the monster measurement activity sheet available for download.

  • Print and cut the comparative vocabulary cards available for download. You may laminate them for extra durability and/or future use.

 

Activity:

  • Have you child use a ruler and measure objects around the house. Introduce comparative vocabulary words like long/short to compare length, tall/short to compare height and heavy/light to compare mass. with the aid of the comparative vocabulary cards available for download.

  • Next, proceed onto the monster measurement activity sheet - cut the monster measurement ruler at the bottom of the page before measuring the respective monsters. Depending on each monster, guide your child to count the squares on the ruler to determine the height of each monster.

 

Bonus Challenge II: Monster Sorting

Objectives

  1. Match identical objects.

  2. Sort objects with child-determined attributes.

 

Materials Needed

 

Directions

Prep:

  • Print and cut the sorting cards and sorting graph activity sheet available for download.

 

Activity:

  • Look at the sorting cards carefully.

  • Use the sorting cards to sort the monsters according to their attributes. Your child may decide how he/she would to sort the cards based on child-determined attributes, such as which monsters had horns and which did not, or by the number of eyes and even, color.

  • Extension: You may print and cut another set of the monster sorting cards and have your child play a memory game. Turn all the cards face down and have your child turn over the cards one by one before he/she successfully finds a pair.

 

 

Sensory Play : Ice Monsters Sensory Bin

Objectives

  1. Develop finger strength through correct use of a dropper or a syringe

  2. Understand cause and effect relationships: (i) water freezes when placed in the freezer and (ii) ice melts when warm water is added to it

 

Materials Needed

  • Empty container

  • Bottle/jug of water

  • Transparent clear cups

  • Ice-cube tray

  • At least two different food colourings of your choice

  • Googly eyes

  • Dropper/syringe

 

Directions

Activity 1:

  • With your child, make different coloured water to be frozen into coloured ice monsters

  • Invite child to pour water from the bottle/jug into the cups

    • The number of cups should correspond with the number of coloured water you are going to dye

    • Make sure water is equal in all the cups

  • Drop the food colouring into each cup

    • One food colouring into one cup

  • Then, prompt child to stir the coloured mixtures well

  • Using a syringe/dropper, demonstrate to child how water is transferred from the cups of coloured water to the ice cube tray

    • When using droppers, point out how the thumb and index finger are pinching the head of the dropper before sucking up the water

    • When using syringes, point out how the plunger is pushed up and down to suck up/dispense liquids

  • Allow child to have a turn at filling the ice-cube tray using the dropper or syringe

  • Once the ice-cube tray has been filled, place googly eyes onto each cavity

    • Any number of googly eyes can be placed in each cavity

    • Any combination of big or small googly eyes can be sued for each cavity

    • Be as creative as you can and have a laugh over how silly some would look like with the eyes they have

  • Then, place the filled ice-cube tray into the freezer for a few hours

 

Activity 2:

  • Remove ice-cube tray from the freezer

  • Crack the ice-cubes out from the tray and into the empty container

  • Prompt child to recall the different colours of water used to make the ice monsters

  • Have a bowl of warm water ready

  • Demonstrate a second time how the dropper or syringe is used to drop water onto the ice monsters

  • Allow child to ‘melt’ the remaining ice monsters with the dropper or syringe

  • Point out how the ice cubes start to melt when it comes into contact with the warm water

  • For added numeracy fun, count how many droppers/syringes of water are needed to completely melt an ice cube