Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Monsters and Art: Where the Wild Things Are

We are all pumpkin'd out, so we are doing a small Monster theme to finish up October.  It was a last minute decision, so I just went with the few books we had on the shelves for our themed read-alouds this week.

We started the week with a favorite!

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak!

I actually read this one morning to Iron Man while little Hulk was still asleep.  He loved talking about the "monsters" and we also talked about how fun our imagination can be.  We talked about the Caldecott Medal, and then looked through the pictures again.  Since it was just the two of us, I knew the perfect follow-up activity.  We used this Monster Watercolor Drawing and Painting for inspiration.

First I gave Iron Man some watercolor paper and asked him to draw his monster with pencil.

After he finished, I outlined it with a black marker.  Then he was able to paint it with watercolors.  I definitely think he is ready for me to invest in better quality art supplies, so that's going to the top of my wishlist.

His finished product!  I asked him to tell me about it.  The monster has blue eyes like daddy (the rest of our family has brown eyes), but he is sad because he was being chased and didn't know why.

This is great for the creative process, because he was able to do whatever he wanted, and there's no right or wrong.

I only have a couple more books to fit the theme, but I know we'll have fun reading them this week.  I'm sure I have some more Elmo Sesame Street toddler books packed up in the baby's room-to-be (which I am going to be working on this week anyway), so I will pull them out for Hulk, but for now I know for sure we have The Monster at the End of this Book by John Stone.  I'm not sure we've ever read this book, despite how long we've had it, so it'll be fun!

Beast in the Bed by Barbara Dillon.  I haven't read this book to the boys in well over a year, so it'll be like reading a new book.  It's about a beast who befriends lonely children.  He becomes friends with Marsha one summer, and they have great adventures together.  But what happens to the beast when Marsha goes off to school?  Chris Conover's illustrations are black and white, except for the green beast, making it an interesting visual experience for little ones!
Cover of: The beast in the bed by Barbara Dillon


  1. We love Where the Wild Things Are! He did a great job painting his picture! It's so cute!

  2. I love the creature he made! These books are favorites of mine. Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn. I am sharing this on the Read.Explore.Learn. Facebook page today.