Friday, October 23, 2015

10 Literacy Activities About Monsters

There are lots of great monster-themed activities for young children. Today I'm sharing ten of my favorites, all of which have a literacy focus.

  • Sing Horns and Fangs, a monster-inspired version of Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes found on this handout from Perry Public Library. 
  • Share my original flannel board rhyme Knock Knock! Trick or Treat?, in which each of several doors conceals a different monstrous creature. 
  • Imagine what you'd do if you were a monster with a short and sweet action rhyme called If I Were a Monster
  • Count and roar along with One Little Monster, a piggyback song I wrote based on One Little Finger.
  • Tap into your monstrous side with the Monster Stomp, an action rhyme modeled after this dinosaur-themed activity.
  • Read Where the Wild Things Are, then play my Catch a Wild Thing rhyming game. 
  • Play shaker eggs or other musical instruments along to the Raffi song Les Zombies et les Loups-Garous, which translates to The Zombies and the Werewolves! 
  • Retell Peter McCarty's picture book, Jeremy Draws a Monster, using the flannel board.
  • Prove that you're a monster and you know it by singing this piggyback song based on If You're Happy and You Know It. 
  • Read The Monster, a poem about imagining monsters in different rooms around the house, which can be seen here at Just 4 Teachers.
For more monster ideas, check out my monster-themed story time plans.


  1. Hi sorry to bother, but the Perry Public Library link doesn't seem to be working.

    1. Thank you for letting me know. It is now fixed.


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