Thursday, October 11, 2012

Math Ideas for If You're a Monster and You Know It ~ Once Upon a Book

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."
For our math activity to go along with If You're A Monster And You Know It , we played Roll-a-Monster. Roll-a-Monster is one of those sneaky math games where the kids don't even realize they are practicing their counting skills because they're having so much fun.


Mommy Prep:
Using inexpensive felt from the craft store, I prepared the shapes for our monster before playing. You could also use craft foam, but I knew the monster body parts were going to be pulling double duty on our felt board, too. My son saw me preparing the monster body parts and couldn't wait to play! I made several eyes, arms, feet, nose, mouth, and tiny triangle teeth.

Here's a peek at some of the monster body parts I made, but feel free to some up with your own fun monster shapes.
Monster Eyes...
Monster Body...
Monster Arms
Monster Feet
Tip: For gluing the eye pieces together, I used Aleene's Tacky Glue.
How to play the Roll-a-Monster Game:
  1. Roll the dice.
  2. Count the dots.
  3. Look at the chart to see what monster body part to add to your monster (Download the Roll-a-Monster Game Free Printable from my blog)
  4. Place the correct body part on your monster.
  5. Now, it is the other person's turn.
  6. If you roll a number that you've already used the body part (like feet), roll again. If you roll a number the second time, and you still can't go, then your turn is over.
Next Thursday I'll be back with more If You're A Monster And You Know It extension activities. See you then!
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



Miss Courtney said...

Pinning this for next year, great idea. We have a similar game this week to make a pumpkin face with counting stickers on a foam pumpkin.

Sara M. said...

Thanks Miss Courtney! I've done a pumpkin and a snowman before, too. So fun.

cathie said...

Good time of year for monster games. Looks like he had fun. Take care and come visit me at sometime. Cathie J