Adventures of the Non-Creative Mom

November 29, 2011

Imagination Play With Felt

My daughter had so much fun with our Go Away, Big Green Monster felt activity I started thinking of other felt activities we could do.  I bought this big black sheet of felt and used some of my husband’s velcro tape to attach it to our cabinet doors and it also made for easy removal.  Then I dug out all the little scrap pieces left over from past projects and started cutting various shapes that my daughter could use to create pictures with (she loves it when they do this on Blues Clues and Team Umizoomi).  It worked out really well and she actually really got into it and it turned into a good activity for her to practice using her scissors as well.

Once we had all our shapes cut out she quickly went to work putting together different pictures.

She was explaining how this was the main who lived in the orange house and had a red shed in the backyard.

I didn’t get any pictures but we recently had a play date and my daughter and her friend were both having a blast making pictures on her felt board.

November 2, 2011

Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley + Felt Activity

We borrowed this book countless numbers of times from the library and I finally got tired of having to request it and having my daughter ask every day if it had arrived yet so I bought a copy for her.  It’s a great book for those with little ones that are afraid of monsters which my daughter has started lately during bed time.  Each page has a die cut of a different feature of the monster’s face until you built the entire face and then you start telling the scraggly purple hair, sharp white teeth, etc to go away until you finally send the entire monster away and tell it to not come back “until I say so!”.  Kaitlyn loves reading it and it never fails to gain a giggle.  Still we were having trouble with her fear of monsters at night so I was debating what could I do to help.

I came across this post on Pinterest that had a pattern for making your own cut out of the big green monster and thought it would be a great activity for Kaitlyn.  Fortunately I had left over pieces of felt from when I made her turtle and hedgehog pillows that I could use for this activity.  It worked out great!  She had so much fun putting together the face.

Then she made the face go away:

And then we had some fun building our own monster faces with freckles, necklaces, red hair, drooling purple mouth, etc. and telling all of them to go away.

This was a wonderful activity that kept her busy and let her use her imagination to create whatever she wanted over and over with no waste unlike stickers or gluing scraps of paper together.  I’ve stored the pieces in a baggie to pull out for her.  In fact I think it would make a great busy bag to take to a restaurant or other places that I need to keep her occupied.

The best part was at bed time we went over if she thought she saw any monsters what was she supposed to do?  Tell them to go away and don’t come back!  Actually acting out the book added this whole new level of depth to the concept and seemed to sink in for her.