Preschool Programs Chapter

Wild and Crazy Monsters

Books to Share

  • Go Away, Big Green Monster by Michael Emberley.
  • My Monster Mama Loves Me So by Laura Leuck.
  • Perfect Little Monster by Judy Hindley.
  • Too Many Monsters by Eve Bunting.
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

Books to Show and Booktalk

  • Eek! Creak! Snicker, Sneak by Rhonda Gowler Greene.
  • Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance by Keith Graves.
  • Hungry! Hungry! Hungry! by Malachy Doyle.
  • Monster Musical Chairs by Stuart J. Murphy.


Make “monster paws” to serve to the children. Purchase plastic food handling gloves from a restaurant supply store. Place a piece of candy corn in each fingertip. Fill the rest of the glove with pre-popped popcorn and secure it with a twist-tie.


Monster Fun

(By Barrie Teague Alguire)

Monsters like to jump. (Hold your left arm horizontally chest high for a platform and, use two fingers of your right hand to make jumping motions)

Monsters like to run. (Run your right fingers along your left arm)

Monsters like to skip around (Skip your right fingers along your left arm)

‘Til the day is done. (Lay your fingers down on your arm as if going to sleep)

Where’s the Monster?

(By Barrie Teague Alguire)

There’s a little monster near. (Make claw shapes with both hands)

Where oh where could it be? (With hands on hips, look side to side)

Under the bed? (Mime lifting the bedspread and looking under it)

Behind the door? (Mime opening a door and looking behind it)

Outside the window? (Cup your hands around your eyes as if peering outside)

No! (Shake your head)

The little monster is me! (Point to yourself and smile)

Daddy and the Monsters

(By Barrie Teague Alguire)

When the sun goes down, (Hold your left arm chest horizontally high, use your right arm to mimic the sun sinking)

The monsters come out. (Make claw shapes with your hands and hunch your shoulders)

They like to run (Make running motions with your fingers)

and jump (Make jumping motion with your hands)

and shout. (Cup your hands around your mouth to mimic shouting)

But when my daddy comes to see, (Stand tall, fold your arms across your chest)

Those silly monsters (Make claw hands “freeze” in fright)

turn and flee! (Wiggle fingers and move your hands to one side as they run away)

Audio Recordings

  • Play “Games Monsters Play” on Elmo Says Boo! by Sesame Street. Lead the children in acting out the lyrics.
  • “Transylvania Polka” on Silly Songs by Sesame Street.


Paper Bag Monster

  • Paper lunch bags
  • Crayons or markers
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper
  • Yarn
  • Glue sticks
  • Newspaper

Pre-cut mouths, eyes, and noses from construction paper. Precut strips of yarn for hair. Let the children glue the mouths, noses, eyes, and hair to the paper bags. When the children finish, stuff wadded up newspaper into the sacks and tie them closed with yarn.

Paper Plate Monster

  • White paper plates
  • Crayons or markers
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper scraps
  • Glue sticks
  • Large craft sticks

Let the children add wild features with construction paper scraps to uncoated white paper plates. Glue or tape a large craft stick onto the paper plate for a handle. Glue the craft stick to the flat part of the plate (not the rim) for the best adhesion.


Sesame Street Monster Hits. (30 minutes.) Show “Two Heads Are Better than One" or another short segment from this video. If you do not have public performance rights, display the video for home viewing.

Professional Resources

Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Weirdos by Ed Emberley.


Texas Reading Club 2005 Programming Manual / Go Wild...Read!

Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011