For several months every year, our Seattle skies are filled with gray clouds. So as a kindergarten teacher, I was always on the lookout for easy, rainy day activities that would make inevitable indoor recesses fun for my students. Hands down, Monster Mash Up was one of the kids' all-time favorite projects. Now that I have children of my own, I can officially declare this simple activity a winner. It's guaranteed entertainment at doctors' offices, restaurants and on airplanes.
With the simple prep complete, my three year old eagerly helps his dad draw the monster's head on the top third of the paper. My son chooses the number of eyes the monster will have... the color of his teeth... the shape of his nose... the negotiating is endless and so adorable. Meanwhile, I'm purposefully looking the other direction to keep the drawing a surprise. That's important for the next step.