For Activity Hour at Coombe Mill we have been focusing on Monsters with our little ones. It felt too early to begin on Christmas crafts before December so after all the fun and games of Halloween and bonfire night we thought we could further explore a monster theme making sure they were friendly monsters so as not to scare our younger visitors.
It was the most beautiful sunny day right up until half an hour before our crafting was due to begin. Instead of setting up in my garden as usual we were forced indoors for the first part of our activity as the gales and rain began to lash down against the window.
We began with a Monster story designed for little ones that included repeating lines and plenty of pictures to get everyone in the right mood and fully understanding the monster theme for the afternoon.
Then we set about converting the boxes from the lovely mugs in our properties from our friends at twinkl resources into Monster Money boxes. I had been storing the boxes ever since we distributed the mugs around the cottages and lodges certain that I would think of a creative use for them and bingo, finally a light bulb moment!
We handed the children the flat pack box to decorate in their own monster style with plenty of stickers and pens to help.
The grownups cut a money hole in the top with scissors and carefully stuck them back together inside out to make perfect bespoke monster money boxes.
While everyone finished we handed out some twinkl education sheets from our newly launched education pages to follow the monster theme. The 2 and 3 year olds practiced pen control tracing the M shape for Monster while our 6 year old coloured the letters for monster from the alphabet sheet.
It was still raining and blowing a gale outside so our monster game organised by Clio and Guy in the garden had to be by passed, however we couldn’t let the weather stop us altogether so bravely we donned our wellies and coats and headed out to the fairy garden with our money boxes. I was assured that my helpful little elves Guy, Jed and Clio had hidden some coppers in the garden ready for the children to start their money collection. They took great delight in spotting the money.
And popping it into their boxes
We were glad of the secluded location of the gardens and overhanging branches with their remaining leaves for giving us a little shelter in there.
The children were captivated with the challenge of finding their treasure and really didn’t mind the rain at all; we concluded that the fairies left the money out to ward off the evil spirits and monsters from their special magical gardens.
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