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Thursday, 11 September 2014

MONSTERS - Poem and activity for toddlers/infants


Big monster
Small monster
Very very tall monster
This one is a cool monster!
Roar! ROAR! ROAR!!

Jolly monster
Proud monster
Fluffy like a cloud monster
This one is a loud monster!
Roar! ROAR! ROAR!!

Wet monster
Dry monster
Flying in the sky monster
Tiny little shy monster!
Roar! ROAR! ROAR!!

Green monster
Red monster
Standing on its head monster
Sleeping in your bed monster!

I wrote this poem because I am running some workshops with toddlers. I love to talk and write about monsters, but the monster poem I do with the older children, Ooshus Magooshus, may be a little bit scary for the very little ones. I hope the poem above is tame enough for them, at the same time as being fun and interesting. Here are some monster activity ideas based on the poem above.

Everyone wanders around the room pretending to be monsters. The supervisor calls out an adjective such as those in the poem - e.g. 'big', 'small', 'shy', 'loud', and everyone needs to pretend to be that kind of monster. They need to imagine what it would be like, do actions and make noises. They could even have percussion instruments to help generate more noise and atmosphere.

Just like I've done below, everyone could draw their own monster pictures. They could then think of a word to describe their monsters (to be written down by a helper), and show it to the group. The supervisor could then fit these together to form a poem, to be performed by the group.

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