Thursday, October 4, 2012

If You're a Monster and You Know It ~ Art Activity

by Rebecca Emberley & Ed Emberley

Book Summary: Children will stomp their paws, twitch their tails, snort and growl, and wiggle and wriggle along with this bright and bold picture book twist on "If You're Happy and You Know It."

My son loved the silly monsters in this book. Multiple eyes, horns, crazy teeth...he thought they were all so fun. We decided to see if we could make our own silly monsters and we ended up with some of my favorite art he's ever produced.

  • Paper
  • Paint
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Collage Materials (We used our Collage Box.)
   Before you can decorate your monster, you need to make some "Splat Art". Place a few drops of paint in the middle of your paper. (Not too much! Trust me, a little goes a long way!)
Fold your paper in half and press the paint around. It works best if you push the paint toward the edge of the paper (opposite of the fold), instead of up and down the fold.
Peel it open and be surprised at your blob shape.
Repeat. Your tot WILL want to repeat this a few times. Let them dry. (This is the hard part.)

When your splat art is dry, get out your Collage Box and decorate them to look like monsters.

We worked all afternoon and made an entire collection. We used a little bit of teamwork when it came to specific things, like monster hands and the pair of glasses he wanted for "Green Monster" to wear. He was so pleased with his silly monsters! 

Which monster do you like best? I'm having a hard time deciding!
Other Monster Books:
Go Away, Big Green Monster!
There Was An Old Monster!
Glad Monster, Sad Monster
Bye-Bye, Big Bad Bullybug!
Monsters Don't Eat Broccoli
Tickle Monster

I'll be back next Thursday to share more activities to go with our Monster books!



Melody said...

Aaaahh! LOVE this! Thanks so much for sharing! My 4 yo girl loves all things monsters, and I know she'll flip for this project! Oh, and I like the red one the best. He/She looks like a happy heart (literally, it looks like a heart to me! But they are ALL AMAZING!). :)

Sara M. said...

Thank you Melody! It was a really fun afternoon and they still make me smile!