I don't feel like I'm a really dramatic person, but I am a very thematic person. Anything is better with a fun theme. Last fall we hosted a monster themed play day and today I'm sharing all the details. I kept things pretty simple, and I think the kids had fun.
I had this monster fabric that I'd been waiting to use. I made some little bean bags, and covered a hot chocolate tin with paper to make a bean bag toss game.
These monster eyes were a big hit. They are just marshmallows dipped in colored almond bark with a black m&m.
I set up a coloring and beading table. I drew the monsters for them to color and put out fruit loops to string onto some cording. Honestly, after all that I did for this the kids probably would have been just as happy with just the marshmallows and fruit loops. That's what happens when you don't normally let your kids have a lot of sugary treats.
The main activity was making these playdough monsters. I made a batch of homemade playdough and made a few different colors for the kids to choose from. Then I put out feathers, googly eyes, cut felt shapes, and little pipe cleaners.
It's fun to see each of the kids have their own ideas.
The googly eyes were pretty popular with everyone.
As I was searching for monster ideas I found a party somewhere that had made crayon bags to look like monsters, so I combined that with a travel kit idea and made these crayon rolls. You can probably figure out what I did just by looking at them. The little tab is some colored elastic I got as a Pick Your Plum deal once.
Here's the whole gang. You just fold in half and roll and then secure with the elastic loop.
Then they look like this. Perfect for keeping kids busy, especially waiting for food at a restaurant.
We had a little baby friend come and I didn't want him to feel left out, so I made him a monster softie.
I was first inspired to have a monster day when I saw these bags at Target, so everyone got a bag to take home with some playdough in case they want to make more monsters, and some coloring pages to go with their crayon rolls.
It was a fun day, without too much work. I hope you can use some of these ideas for your little monsters.
Thanks for reading!