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Our second literacy activity celebrates a monstrous kind of love. We read Love Monster and made another paper plate craft. (I told you I love them! (Check out the adorable paper plate owl that goes along with Love You Hoo here.)
Before doing our activity Little Man and I read Love Monster. I got mine in Spanish from Scholastic but it’s available used on Amazon. This adorable story is about a little monster who isn’t so easy to love because of his unique look. Monster goes in search of love but just can’t seem to find it. Luckily, for him, love finds you when you least expect it.
I love this book because it provides a great opportunity to talk about how people come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and abilities. It is a great way to start teaching kids that everyone is loveable, regardless of their unique differences. Furthermore, it’s great for working on academic concepts like positional words.
Paper Plate Monster Craft
This is another one of those crafts that you likely already have the supplies on hand for. I wish I had some of those giant wiggly eyes on hand to make this even cuter.
All that you need to successfully complete this craft is a paper plate, scissors, tissue paper, construction paper, and glue.
If you don’t have red tissue paper, any color tissue, or even construction paper would work just as well! Also, I’m a perfectionist so I traced two different sized bottle tops to create the eyes, but these aren’t necessary.
First, you cut the red tissue paper into squares. Depending on the age of your child, if you have kid scissors, you can let them do the cutting.
Once this is complete, use a generous amount of glue on the paper plate. You’ll want to cover as much of it as you can so that the tissues stick to it, covering the whole surface.
Next, let your kiddo fully cover the surface of the plate with the pieces of red tissue. While they do this you can cut the eyes, mouth, and teeth out of the different pieces of colored construction paper.
Finally, glue on the eyes, mouth, and ears. Be sure to give your little monster some love!