For many months monsters were discussed and explored amongst the children and teachers. The children eagerly created monsters through a variety of mediums. The original monsters were drawn with felt pens and then water colours brought them to life. Many children also created a life size monster using their bodies as an outline and painting the features independently or in groups. A small group of children worked together using clay to represent a monster.
The monsters were discussed in great detail, each child finding a different way to express their vision of a monster.
For quite some time the monsters were the back ground for all of the comings and goings in the kitchen room.
The children were so captivated by the monsters that the teachers felt that the monsters should be incorporated in the Mayday float theme, hence the Team Skunk of the Mud Swamp float, where our children found themselves captured by the Mud Monster!
A frame was added to the monsters and surrounded the children riding on the float (see May's blog for more photos of the end result).
When it was time to say goodbye, the teachers guided the children in a grand “Monster Parade” where the children could march through the upper playground happily waving their monsters for all to see. Along the way they collected “eye balls”
(huckleberries) and both the monsters and children sat by the big red slide and ate the nummy eyeballs.
It was a wonderful way to bring the monster explorations to a close.