The children were still so engaged with some of last week’s activities, that I decided to either keep them or tweak them a little. Monster play featured quite heavily too, so these have crept their way in this week…
Here are some of the activities we have explored…
Monster & alien counting manipulatives along with numbers & nuggets. I also set up my Monster game for them to enjoy too. If you wish a copy of this, you can download it for free from this post.
I have various little ‘pieces’ (sourced on eBay) that I use as counting manipulatives. I photocopied these to create some challenge cards (some to be used independently & some as part of a directed activity). It’s tricky to tell in these photos which are the photocopied images or the real aliens/monsters, but you get the idea…
Making Up to the Correct Number
Making Up to the Correct Number (alternative layout)
Filling in the Missing Numbers
The manipulatives were used with the game board too…
Tap-A-Shape on the Finger Gym
This class haven’t had a go with the Tap-A-Shape yet, so I decided it was time to get it out for them to test it out. Great for fine-motor skills & hand-eye co-ordination! I originally just put out two of the cork boards, but soon had to add two more as it was so popular. The children were encouraged to create monsters, but of course, they created all sorts of things…
Magnet Play at the Discovery Table
We kept the robots as we had so much fun with them last week…
Aliens on the Moon
Still the moon., however aliens have landed…
The silver sensory tray has remained, although monsters were added & also an alien book…
We’ve hammered golf tees into pumpkins for a few years now. This year however, I added Mr Potato Head body parts to the tray so that the children could add them to the holes created by the golf tees…
Laminated cellophane shapes are great for creating monster pictures & other creations…
… we also used them on the OHP…
Shapes from the maths area. The frames provided a space to create a picture…
Mirror Box Shapes
Shapes on the mirror box promoted all sorts of discussion!
Shapes, googly eyes, bottle top lids, glass nuggets & feathers…
All sorts of things were created – including monsters with lasers! The children also chose to make faces & animals…
… I particularly loved this rabbit…
Monster Splat Painting
We often use these monsters in water, but we thought we’d have a go at using them with paint. First we used our gross motor skills to throw them at the wall outside & then we printed with them. Great fun!
Thanks for reading!
– Rachel (“,)