Before getting to the activities, I need to tell you about my monsters. I found this cute "tattle monster" idea on Pinterest and decided to make some for myself. I sent an email out to the teachers at my school asking for empty tissue boxes and egg cartons, and the response was great!! I had enough to make four monsters for me and four for my intern. If you can't find these guys anywhere and want to know how to make them, let me just give you the directions now...
1) Paint tissue boxes your desired color. Once dry, use the bottom of a large paintbrush to dip in paint and create your dots. (** You can use spray paint but I didn't have spray paint and didn't want to buy it, so I used white paint to paint a base coat on the boxes and then painted over it with my desired color.)
2) Seal paint using decoupage. The paint will chip off of the boxes if you do not seal it. I decoupaged the boxes and it worked well.
3) Cut the mouth hole a little bigger to give your kids enough space for the teeth and their hands.
4) Cut teeth out of white foam paper and attach to the inside of the mouth using a hot glue gun.
5) Cut egg carton into individual egg holders, attach googly eyes, and glue to the top of the monster.
6) HAVE FUN!!
I used my monsters in a variety of ways...
I told my kids that my monsters were very hungry but they only ate candy. I gave them chipper chat pieces to feed the monsters (that I had placed throughout my speech room) and the kids got to feed their monster of choice as a reinforcer.
(**extra fun hint: I told my kid that although my monsters liked candy, if they put their hands in the monsters' mouths, they would be eaten. I gave them my "magic wand" to collect the chipper chat candy from the monsters' mouths at the end of the speech session. They loved using the magnet to collect the "candy" pieces.)
Categorizing/Comparing and Contrasting:
Although each monster was a different color, I only used four colors for the dots. They kids could categorize the monsters by dot color, size of box (there were three sizes), number of eyes, type of mouth, or type of teeth (curly, spiky, two layers, etc.). They could then compare and contrast the monsters based on their characteristics.
Like I said earlier, I found some great therapy materials from Teachers Pay Teachers to use this week. Here are the links to the monster materials I used:
Crazy Speech World or you can buy them from Jenn's TPT store.
Another cute monster activity that Jenn at Crazy Speech World made (and this one is FREE) is Conversation Starters. (These cute pictures might not be monsters but that is what I called them so I could use them this week, so use them however you want.) I used these with my kids working on anything at the conversational level. Get them from Jenn's TPT store for free!!
The Monster Question Pack was great to use with any of my kids that were working on asking or answering questions. It also came with cute monster mouths that I cut out and attached to sticks as a form of a mask (I used them as ways to "buzz in" to answer a question and just as a mask for my kids to use while answering; they loved this!!) You can find the blog about them at Live Long Speech (but it is by the author of Sublime Speech) or you can buy them from Daniele's TPT store.
Speech Room News where I think she is still giving them away for FREE!!
Growing Kinders TPT store for FREE!!
I hope you enjoy monster week!! We had a BLAST in my room!!