We love tying our activities to favorite children’s books! When my co-teacher showed me her newest book called Love Monster, she said she was putting together a fun craft that would be done afterwards. Oh my goodness. I cannot wait to show you the Love Monster counting craft she put together for preschoolers!
They had to use their counting skills to put each piece on their monster and also work on their scissor skills to trim the body and create ears.
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Love Monster Counting Craft for Preschoolers
Before introducing this activity, cut these from different colors of construction paper (you will need one full set for each child):
- 1 mouth
- 3 teeth
- 6 toes
- 6 toenails
- 1 heart
- 1 body
You will also need 2 jumbo googly eyes per monster.
We first read Love Monster during circle time. We watched how sad he was until he met someone just like him.
And then we were invited to make our own monsters.
We first had them cut triangles from the top corners of their monsters. These are the ears. Glue them to the top of the monster’s head.
Then start gluing the pieces on! We used to have them brush the glue onto paper, but recently we’ve been using squeeze bottles. The hands and fingers need to work hard to squeeze the glue out of the bottle, and there is more concentration needed on where the glue is going.
See those jumbo googly eyes? I bought them online for a previous project and had NO idea how big they were. When I opened the package I was a bit startled! They would completely overwhelm the project I had intended them for.
So when my co-teacher was putting this love monster activity together, I just knew they’d be perfect. I mean, really, look at them! They give the monsters so much personality!
We wrote out a list of how many of each piece needed to be added so we could point it out to the preschoolers while they worked.
The most challenging were the toes and toenails. But wow, what a great one-to-one correspondence activity! They had to glue 1 toenail to each toe.
When all the pieces are on the monster’s body, let dry thoroughly.
Aren’t they adorable? And each one has it’s own personality.
We had our preschoolers name their monsters and we displayed them on our bulletin board.
Lots of skills being worked but most of all, they were fun to make!