Friday, September 28, 2012

Monster Edition: Fine Motor Friday!

-Fine Motor Leads to Fine Arts: Part 30-

photo of: Fine Motor Leads to Fine Arts Part 30: The Monster Edition (Monster RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

This is an exciting RoundUP!
I have big news to share and lots of inspiration to get us there!
Foreshadowing: The big announcement is at the end. 
"MONSTER SPRAY" is the clue.
Today's edition is all about the fears in our lives + overcoming them.
When we name our fears we are on our way to growth. 
Children + Fears = Monsters. 
Let's use playful monster projects as a vehicle to address fear. 

photo of: Overcoming Childhood Fears: Monsters thru Art, Fine Motor, Math and Science (Math RoundUP from RainbowsWithinReach)

Fridays I focus here on fine motor fun. I'm an old elementary art school teacher morphed into a music lady, turned into an author illustrator of children's picture books. Got that? For today's RoundUP, I put out a call to my fellow bloggers in the Kids Network -- for inspiration in the 'monster' category, as it relates to Fine Motor Fun. [We have our own KBN Pinterest collaborative board you'll want to be certain to follow.]

You're just going to LUV all of these possibilities from my blogger buddies LITERALLY around the world.
Let's get started with some delightful, insightful drawing-stories.

Monster Drawing + Writing from MamaSmiles (Monster RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)
Monster Story with Finger-Print Embellishment

What an amazing piece of writing and drawing mixed together with fingerprint ink details for the monster. You'll simply HAVE to click through to see how the robber, monster and fingerprints resolve this story! From the same household, here's another monster taking shape. Special thanks to MamaSmiles for these examples of how writing + drawing combine to articulate imaginative ideas. 

photo of: monsters and a robot by Johnny
"Monsters and a Robot" by Johnny

This next beauty is such an incredible monster drawing getting underway over at Tinkerlab. She shares where the inspiration for this approach to guiding organic creations originated. You'll have to see how the process got underway and how it looked upon completion. 

photo of: Monster Drawing from Organic Shape from Tinkerlab (Monster RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

What if you are a bountiful lover of children's Art? What if your young child creates an amazing drawing that you treasure? What if you wanted to create a real-life-sized replica of your child's drawing for them to wear? What would that look like? The answers to all of these questions lies over at The Artful Parent, where Jean houses a treasure trove of insight, information and interviews. You have to pop over to hear in her own words how this was literally brought to life! 

photo of: Purple Monster Costume from Child's Drawing from The Artful Parent (Monster RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

From the fine motor explorations using crayons and pencils, let's begin to explore fine motor development as it applies across a wide variety of applications. Look at these fingers at work creating a set of monster-fingers! You'll have to click over here to happy hooligans to see how these monster fingers emerged, evolved and check out the finished pieces. You're gonna LUV the details: pinto beans + band-aids! 

photo of: Monster Handprint via happy hooligans (Monster RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

Marshmallows make a great base for a monster-sculpture! 
photo of: marshmallow monster
Marshmallow Monster!!

Let's continue in three dimensions. I have a couple of ideas to share from nurturestore -- across the pond in the UK. Want to go see this scary beauty come-to-life? Click over for the video. This creature stars in its very own movie! The sound effects are my favorite part!

photo of: Scary Monster Puppet from nurturestore (via Monster RoundUP by RainbowsWithinReach)
Scary Monster Puppet from nurturestore

Got a big bag? Use it as the basis to create your own monster-creature. Follow along through this article to seek additional inspiration for your upcycle-efforts. This project was originally part of Tinkerlab's on going series of challenges. This beauty was an entry in the Paper Bag Challenge. Nurturestore has all of those results who linked up with paper bag ideas.

photo of: Upcycled Paper Bay Monster by nurturestore (Monster RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)
Paper Bay Monsters from 'nurturestore' -- Response to the Paper Bag Challenge

photo of: Monsters from Upcycled Materials from Creative Family Fun (via Monster RoundUP from RainbowsWithinReach)

Speaking of up-cycling.....these multi-eyed monsters are an easy 'upcycle' and created with love in this post at Creative Family Fun. Use the supplies that you have on hand to personalize your very, own, creative monsters. 

photo of: Monsters from Upcycled Materials from Creative Playouse (via Monster RoundUP from RainbowsWithinReach)

A variation on the same theme is available over at Creative Playhouse. 

Here's one more version from RedTedArt in full color and details!

photo of: Monsters from Upcycled Materials from RedTedArt  (via Monster RoundUP from RainbowsWithinReach)

Now let's take our up-cycling to a whole 'nother level. I'm sure that you have regular access to the plastic containers that originally convey your berries. Look at this puppet created over at Kitchen Counter Chronicles! You'll need to go here to see how it unfolds and view another finished puppet. KUDOS! 

photo of: Monster Puppet with Upcycled Materials from Kitchen Counter Chronicle (via Monster RoundUP by RainbowsWithinReach)

Yes. Here comes a happy creature from a monster-quilt! Long time readers here are aware of how much I LUV LUV LUV fabric and all things 'quilt.' Imagine an entire MONSTER quilt to wrap up around you on a cold evening! Pop on over to The Educators' Spin On It to see how an economical and 'simple' quilt was created. [Talk about a labor of monster-LOVE........]

photo of: Monster on Quilt from The Educators' Spin On it (Monster RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

Now let's turn to play-doh. Especially the home made variations!

photo of: googley-eyed play dough
Multi-Eyed Monster of Fun 

To get the recipe to use to create this MONSTER-squeezie character, you're going to need to click over to this article at MamaSmiles. There's got to be something quite therapeutic about squeezing your monster-fears away!

play dough monster
Playdoh Monster Squeeze

These wigglie-eyes are a prominent feature when it comes to monsters. Aren't they? I just LUV to see these wittle fingers and Mr. Thumbkin at work over at The Imagination Tree. Hop the pond here to see how all the other incredible variations came to life!

photo of: Monster from Play Doh by The Imagination Tree (via MONSTER RounduP from RainbowsWithinReach)

But what about feathers? What if you have feathers handy? Just add some great feathers to the constructions? That's exactly  what happened over at Mess for Less in the classic showdown between Monsters and Aliens. Who wins? Monsters? Aliens? Hurry over to find out!

photo of: Playdough Monster with Feathers from Mess for Less (via Monster RoundUP from RainbowsWithinReach)

How about wigglie-eyes to create Monster Rocks! You'll be absolutely delighted to hear how RedTedArt and her children dispersed these glories as happy mystery treats. Click over to hear of their pay-it-forward fun. CLASSIC!

photo of: Rock Monsters from RedTedArt (via Monster RoundUP from RainbowsWithinReach)

From the wigglie eyes on the sqeezie-ness of playdoy or the slick painted surfaces of rock on to the utter delight of glow in the dark, green slime. Think science. Think mixing elements. Think slime as brought to you by the slime-princess, Growing a Jeweled Rose. Of course you want her secret recipe. Of course you'll click here to get it! Of course you'll be making memorable fun together. SLIME Monsters!

photo of: Glow in the Dark Slime Monster from Growing a Jeweled Rose (via Monster RoundUP from RainbowsWithinReach)

Next up are these blue-ribbon Monster Cupcakes of the century! Krissy shares all of the specific ingredients and tools used. Did you know that there are food coloring pens? Get thee over to B-Inspired Mama to get all of the details and see just exactly how these sculpture-like cupcakes unfolded. 
Monster Cupcakes
Kid-Made Monster Cupcakes from 

There are so many delightful books available to explore monsters and fears and creepy ideas. Reading Confetti shares a 'lesser-known' monster book that was the inspiration for the collage creatures below. Pop over to see if you're familiar with the literary treasure suggested.... one clue. It's from treasured Mo Wilems! Do you know the title? 

photo of: Collage Monsters from Reading Confetti (via Monster RoundUP at RainbowsWithinReach)
Reading Confetti Collage Monsters

Deborah Stewart, the mastermind over at Teach Preschool and blogging mentor to us all, has contributed this project which is also based on a book. She shares numerous explorations through a variety of media in her must-see article. I don't want to let the monster out of the bag. You'll have to click over to see which book has how many monsters at what kind of school! 

photo of: Monster Paintings from Teach Preschool (via Monster RoundUP with RainbowsWithinReach)

Now that we're on the topic of monsters and books I had an article here last year with THE most incredible response to a monster book. This project was created by a high school student in Joint Vocational School studying to prepare for early childhood education. Raise your hand if you want your children in her room of the future. 

photo of: Props for Monster Book via Monster RoundUP with RainbowsWithinReach

Here's the 'child-friendly' version created over at Mom to 2 Posh Divas in a DIY literacy-tutorial extravaganza. You're going to want to go over there to see all of the various pieces that get fed to their monster and how it was built. The photo I chose below builds number sense, but there are examples of sight words and so much more! 

photo of: Monster Prop for Monster Book from Mom to 2 Post Divas (via Monster RoundUP with RainbowsWithinReach)

There are literally a ton of ideas in this article from Mommy + Me Book Club. Everything from sensory tubs, and puppets to these amazing creations below. They, too tie to a book. Can you guess which one? Perhaps the green face background gives you a clue? 

photo of: Green Monster Collages from Mommy + Me Book Club (via Monster RoundUP with RainbowsWithinReach)

Here's another response to yet another monster book. This project emerges overseas at RedTedArt. You'll want you to go over there to see which picture book her children are responding to in these incredible monster cards.

photo of: Child Crafted Monster Greeting Cards from RedTedArt (via Monster RoundUP with RainbowsWithinReach)

Here's a link to 19 Monster Books in an article put together over at No Time for Flash Cards

We're getting real close to the unveiling of my newest digital download, song "Monster Spray." Take a look at this next delightful child craft to create your very own spray version for the punch line to my classic dittie. 

photo of: Monster Spray for Child's Fears from AngeliqueFelix (via Monster RoundUP from RainbowsWithinReach)

It turns out that great minds think alike! This colorful, personal spray bottle was created over at the ubber creative in conjunction with a sweet song of her own called Monster Stomp that has simple choreography for little ones on YouTube. You're going to need to click over there for her YT link of ingenuity. 

photo of: Overcoming Bedtime Fears: Tips from Growing a Jeweled Rose (via Monster RoundUP from RainbowsWithinReach)

So now to think about monsters and fear and little ones. Crystal, of Growing a Jeweled Rose, has a brand new, definitive article on her blog that addresses all of these issues. She offers all manner of insight, resources and brainstorming ideas. Her list of suggestions offer an entire spectrum of possibilities for an issue that is very real to the littles. 

photo of: Coloring Title Sheet for "Monster Spray" by Debbie Clement of RainbowsWithinReach)
"Once Upon a Time" the beginning of Monster Spray

I wrote my song, "Monster Spray" when reflecting on the imaginary spray that was the tool that supported our youngest to sleep through the night, decades ago. The ritual of spraying in the closet and under the bed gave her the confidence that none of my conversations seemed to offer. A good night's sleep was worth all of the imaginary Monster Spray I could squirt ahead of time. It worked. She had conqured her fears. She has gone on to get her doctorate in music. That was some quality monster spray. 

photo of: Chorus Lyrics for "Monster Spray" by Debbie Clement of RainbowsWithinReach

I am in the process of getting all of the pieces into a zip file to upload to my little store at Teacher's Pay Teachers. It will be ready for your immediate download and will include an Mp3 with several support pieces. 
photo of: Teacher's Pay Teacher's Sale!
Special Intro Sale for Monster Spray et. al. 
As a special way of thanking you for your continued encouragement I am putting my entire store on sale this weekend, starting bright and early Saturday morning. 

Here's the direct link for your digital download of "Monster Spray." 

Pre-K, Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth -

I have several ideas for the next project to go digital. Any requests from my ol' fanclub? I'm thinking the next songs to get the TpT format will be classified as "brain breaks" -- meaning movement songs. 

photo of: "Monster Spray" Digital Download Mp3 + Pdf's from Debbie Clement

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Did you see my Fall Arts and Crafts RoundUP earlier this week? 
There are a couple dozen great ideas for projects!

photo of: Fall Arts + Crafts Projects for Children (Fall RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

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  1. What wonderful ideas! I love that the monsters aren't scary.

    1. Thanks so much for popping over. These are most engaging, non-scary monsters ever. Great minds think alike!


  2. Wonderful round up! I love all the ideas here. Thanks so much for including our article and slime monsters. :)

    1. Crystal, all of your ideas are amazing, but your article on conquering fears is seriously top-drawer. I am so appreciative of your support and allowing me include your work within the RoundUP! Thanks


  3. What a fabulous round up! Thanks for featuring our monster hands! Off to pin and share now. :)

    1. Thanks so much for pinning and sharing! Your 'hands' are seriously awesome. I'm still smiling -- thinking about the bandaid!


  4. Awesome collection! Thanks for including our Monster Cupcakes. :)

    1. Krissy, those cupcakes are incredible. BEYOND glorious. They need to be in a print magazine for incredible creations to inspire!



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