Go Away, Big Green Monster! Activities

Through fun hands on art, cooking, math, writing, and science activities, your students will have no fear of monsters!

Materials:

These are all the materials needed for any of the projects listed. Choose what you need from the list, depending on the project you do.

  • Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley
  • pre-cut masks
  • sequins, buttons, noodles, any other collage materials
  • glue
  • tongue depressors/popsicle sticks
  • pre-cut shapes in various colors
  • black paper
  • white crayons
  • small paper plates
  • paint
  • plastic knives
  • water color brushes
  • cups
  • butter
  • white bread
  • water
  • food coloring
  • round sugar cookies
  • vanilla frosting
  • M&M’s
  • Red shoestring licorice
  • Gum drops
  • crayons or markers
  • scissors
  • magazines
  • glue sticks
  • plastic baggies
  • cotton balls
  • grass seeds

Lesson Plan:

ART ACTIVITY IDEAS: MONSTER MASKS

  1. Have pre-cut mask available at your art center.
  2. Allow your students to paint the mask. They can embellish the mask with sequins, buttons, noodles, or any other collage materials.
  3. Finally, glue on a tongue depressor on the side of the mask.

SHAPE MONSTERS

  1. Have pre-cut shapes in various colors available at your art center.
  2. Have your students use the shapes to make a monster of their own.
  3. The students then glue the monster onto black paper, and let them draw a moon with a white crayon.

PAPER PLATE MONSTERS

  1. In a small group, give each student a paper plate and let them choose a color paint.
  2. They should paint the paper plate, this will be the monsters face. Most students want the face to be green as in the book, but it can be any color the student chooses.
  3. After the paint dries, provide the students with various art materials to create their monsters face. Pipe cleaners work great for the hair.

COOKING ACTIVITY IDEAS: MONSTER BREAD

  1. In a small group, give each student their own paper plate, a plastic knife, water color brush, cup, and butter on a plate.
  2. Toast the white bread and give to each student.
  3. In each cup, pour water with a few drops of food coloring.
  4. When each student has their toasted bread in front of them, they can paint a monster face on the bread.
  5. When they are done, they can spread the butter on the toasted, painted, monster bread.
  6. ENJOY! The kids really like monster bread.

MONSTER COOKIES

  1. In a small group, give each child a round sugar cookie, a plastic knife, a small cup of vanilla cake frosting, a popsicle stick, a small cup with M&M’s, red shoestring licorice (cut in short strips), and gum drops.
  2. Have the students choose what color they want in the vanilla frosting–this will be the monster’s face.
  3. Drop a few drops of food coloring into the cup.
  4. Have the students mix the food coloring and frosting with the popsicle stick.
  5. Then spread onto the sugar cookie using the knife.
  6. Then allow the students to make a face using the ingredients in the cup.
  7. Each Monster cookie will be unique and delicious!

MATH ACTIVITY IDEAS: TOP MONSTER MATH PATTERNS

  1. Find two different monster clip art and photocopy onto paper.
  2. Give several to each student to color and cut out.
  3. Then have them make a pattern using the monster pictures. They can make different patterns based on their abilities.
  4. They can glue the patterns onto sentence strips.

MONSTER MATH PROBLEMS

For Kindergarten-aged students

  1. Find a monster clip art and photocopy several on paper.
  2. Give each student a copy and have them cut out and create simple addition problems using the monster pictures. For example: 1 monster plus 3 monsters equals 4 monsters.

CREATIVE WRITING ACTIVITY IDEAS: WHERE DOES THE MONSTER GO?

  1. After reading, Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley, have your students discuss where the monster goes at the end of the book.
  2. At the writing table, have your students illustrate where they think the monster went.
  3. Dictate their comments on their paper to make a class book-entitled Where Did The Monster Go?

IF I HAD A MONSTER!

  1. At the writing table, provide magazines, paper, scissors and glue sticks.
  2. Have your students think about what they would do with a monster.
  3. Have your students look through magazines for action pictures.
  4. Then cut and glue the pictures on the paper.
  5. Help your students finish the statement “If I had a monster, I would____”. (show him how to ride a bike etc..)

SCIENCE ACTIVITY IDEAS: PAPER CUP MONSTERS

  1. In a small group, give each student a paper cup, a plastic baggie, markers, a few cotton balls, and a few grass seeds.
  2. Let your students draw a monsters face on the paper cup using their markers.
  3. Have the students dip their cotton balls into a small bowl of water.
  4. Place the cotton balls into the paper cup.
  5. The students then should sprinkle the grass seeds onto the cotton balls.
  6. Place the cups in the plastic baggie and place near a window.
  7. In a week or so, watch as the hair of the paper cup monster begins to grow. Wow, what a great observation!
  8. You can log each day the progress of the grass growing.
By: Catherine A De Lira, Pre-K Teacher

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