Welcome to Paula's Preschool and Kindergarten! My class blog is the place I share information about some of the fun learning activities we are doing at school. I hope to provide parents with insight into what we are doing, and why, and to share ideas with other early childhood educators. Please don't use the photos or text of this blog without permission, but please do use any ideas you find useful. Thank you for stopping by!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Go Away Big Green Monster

What a fun craft project for Halloween - it's Go Away Big Green Monster!
If you've not yet met the book Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberly, you really need to check it out!
What a fun craft project for Halloween - it's Go Away Big Green Monster!
The children love the simple text, and cut out pages that allow big green monster to appear - and disappear, one feature at a time.
What a fun craft project for Halloween - it's Go Away Big Green Monster!
I saw this idea in Mailbox Magazine around 2001, and have done it with my kiddos every year since.
What a fun craft project for Halloween - it's Go Away Big Green Monster!
We start with a heavy piece of white paper, folded in half.  I add a dab of paint on the crease, and the kiddos close the fold and rub rub rub to spread the paint.
What a fun craft project for Halloween - it's Go Away Big Green Monster!
When they open it back up, there's a marvelous and symmetrical green blob - the start of our monsters.
What a fun craft project for Halloween - it's Go Away Big Green Monster!
I offer precut features, and the children put them into the wet paint as we retell the story together.
What a fun craft project for Halloween - it's Go Away Big Green Monster!
It is a very simple activity, but one the children remember from year to year, and are eager to do again.
What a fun craft project for Halloween - it's Go Away Big Green Monster!
So I have to wonder, what is it about this activity that so engages the children?
What a fun craft project for Halloween - it's Go Away Big Green Monster!
Ed Emberly's deceptively simple text certainly.  Even on a first read, the children can understand and predict the text, and by a second reading they are telling it along with me.
What a fun craft project for Halloween - it's Go Away Big Green Monster!
I think my favorite thing about this activity is how the same simple elements come together to create such different creations.
What a fun craft project for Halloween - it's Go Away Big Green Monster!
Each green monster has it's own personality, and is a unique creation, even as it shares it's features with all the others.
What a fun craft project for Halloween - it's Go Away Big Green Monster!
We love big green monster!

 If you're looking for more fun Halloween learning activities, you might like these treats from my TeachersPayTeachers store:
 Halloween Tree and Halloween Patterns

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