“Hands up who’s afraid of monsters!” Lots of little hands at Storytime went up in the air. Luckily monsters are just in our imagination, and there’s nothing to be scared of!

Books

Are You Afraid of Monsters?

by Rosemary Selkirk, illustrated by Cameron Singleton

Amelie and her Nan were enjoying drinks at a café, when Amelie asks “Are you afraid of monters?” Nan is not, but she and Amelie can imagine some monsters! The illustrations in this book are wonderful- the monsters are a little bit creepy, but there’s so much to notice with naming colours and counting arms, legs and eyes that kids won’t have time to be scared! The Storytime children really enjoyed pointing out the different features of the monsters.

Are You Afraid of Monsters? - Book cover
Cover Image for Mrs Mo's Monster

Mrs Mo’s Monster

By Paul Beavis

Mrs Mo accidentally lets a monster into the house, and this monster knows what he can do- crunch, munch and chew! This is not very helpful, and Mrs Mo tries to help the monster find something else that he can do. Painting letters? No! Tie a knot? No! Stirring cake mix? Yes! The pictures are very cute and kids will enjoy seeing the naughty new things the monster gets up to.

Monster Needs One More

by Natalie Marshall

This is a great counting book, full of greedy monsters that need just one more… For little ones learning their 1-10 numbers, this is a great book full of bright pictures and lots of opportunity for counting. The rhyming text makes it easy for learners to remember what number might be coming next!

Monster needs one more
Little big mouth book cover

Little Big Mouth

By Jeanne Willis

Warning- there is some very naughty language in this book, but a very good lesson at the end! Blue Monster is new at the school, and Little Green Monster decides to call him some very rude names! The fun part of this book comes from the flip pages, so you can custom make your very own insults! Be sure to read to the end, where Little Green Monster learn an important lesson about being nice.

Songs

I’m Not Afraid

This is a great action rhyme, and you can keep the song going with as many actions as you like!

I’m not afraid of the clapping monster, I’m not afraid at all.
I’m not afraid of the clapping monster, I’m not afraid at all.
And it goes clap clap clap clap!

I’m not afraid of the wriggling monster, I’m not afraid at all.
I’m not afraid of the wriggling monster, I’m not afraid at all.
And it goes wriggle wriggle wriggle wriggle!

I’m not afraid of the hopping monster, I’m not afraid at all.
I’m not afraid of the hopping monster, I’m not afraid at all.
And it goes hop hop hop hop!

Monster Monster

Monster monster turn around,

Monster monster give a growl.

Monster monster stamp your paws,

Monster monster show your claws.

Monster monster give a roar,

Monster monster fall to the floor!

Craft

Paper Plate Monster Face

Materials

  • Paper Plate
  • Crayons
  • Glue
  • Wiggle Eyes
  • Pom Poms
  • Scraps of coloured paper
  • Feathers
  • Streamers

Instructions

  • Colour in your monster face with crayons- don’t forget the mouth!. Will your monster be happy or sad, scary or nice?
  • Glue wiggle eyes to your monster- the more the better!
  • Decorate the face with bits of colourful paper, adding a pompom for the nose.
  • Add feathers and streamers around the outside.

 

Craft monster face made from a paper plate with feathers stuck on as sort of hair