Not So Scary
When students are finished, allow time for sharing. Some of the children may even have additional information about their monster - like, "My monster has big teeth...that's because he can make them go 'chomp chomp', and it's a scary noise!"
Once each preschool student has had the opportunity to present his/her monster, revisit the book, Bedtime for Frances. Ask the children if they recall how Frances handled the scary noises all by herself so that she could finally fall asleep. Explain to the children that the best way to make monsters less scary is to turn them into something silly, which is what they will be doing in the next step of these art activities!
Provide the following materials, in addition to the materials listed above:
- Silly or happy stickers (stars, smiley faces, hearts, and so on)
- Large sequins
- Colorful pom-pons
- Plastic jewels
Have the students transform their scary monsters into not-so-scary monsters by using the above items to make the monster look silly! Remind children that this is one way they can take control of their nighttime fears all by themselves - just like Frances took care of her nighttime fears by herself. When the projects are complete, congratulate the students on a job well done and allow them to share their preschool art activities. Bedtime for Frances, and this simple monster project, may just be the tool they need to make their own bedtime rituals less trying!
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