Wednesday, May 11, 2011

If you're a MONSTER and you know it

If you're not a monster, or you are unsure of your monster status, it's ok to keep reading...

If You're A Monster And You Know It by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley is a twist on the familiar "If You're Happy and You Know It." In this version though, young monsters get to snort and growl, smack their claws, twitch their tales and wiggle their warts. The story ends with a call for an encore performance and my boys were happy to oblige. As you can tell from the front cover, the monsters are brightly colored and silly. Occasionally Logan would tell me they were scaring him, but he still wanted to read it. If You're a Monster and you Know It
After reading this book, we made our own monsters. My plan was to use playdough and create monsters with google eyes, clothespin horns, and pipe cleaner tongues. However, Tyson really wants to participate with us and he eats the playdough- like a lot of the playdough... like a weeks worth of salt intake amounts of playdough. Apparently, he likes playdough's salty goodness... or I don't feed him enough. Regardless, I decided to make dough monsters out of this much more edible dough.

I found a recipe for Frosting Dough on The Activity Mom while I was pondering our playdough predicament during naptime.  It tastes a bit like Peanut Butter Fudge. (Sure it's probably a weeks worth of sugar, but it's so sweet, Tyson couldn't eat much of it.) It's so super easy... I bet you have most of the supplies in your pantry. I did. Instead of using google eyes and pipecleaners, we used leftover baking supplies-- whatever I could find. Here is Logan's "monster"- with chocolate chip eyes, coconut hair, and two mouths made out of orange slices. He found it very hilarious that his monster had two mouths. I was glad he knew that 2 mouths was not normal.

Tyson ate the playdough. As usual.

I'm linking this up:

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  1. We haven't read this one yet, but my kids love Go Away, Big Green Monster! The edible playdough looks interesting. I wonder if there are any versions without peanut butter?

  2. We read this book - it's fun. Good idea to make monsters from edible dough :)

  3. I love experiences that extend from books - and if you can eat them too what more could you want :)