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On Fridays, my good intentions, patience and creativity for the week is mostly used up. This is the day my super-mommy powers are at their worst. On some Fridays they are non-existent, even. Earlier in the week, we’ve done the hide and seek. We’ve done the scavenging hunts. And we’ll already have run the obstacle course using our furniture. I won’t know what to entertain and educate the boys with anymore.
How this helps you stay in balance
This is a great way to keep things under control when you are low on energy or creativity, but the kids aren’t playing (well) amongst themselves.
For the kids it’s something new and fun (always a score).
For mom it’s a game that requires only guidance and is restricted to just one place. Which means that the mess is also restricted to one place. Additionally, you only need to guide the process, rather than having to make up the game and installing the rules at the same time.
How it works
I’ve found that the best way to do this, is to have a Printable Binder in which you organize these items per theme or type (so either monsters with monsters, or puzzles with puzzles) whichever suits best for the kind of kids you have (are they obsessed with monsters, or more with puzzles with or without monsters)
Whenever chaos threatens to ensue, do the following. You grab the binder, put on your happy-cheery face and tell the kids we’re coloring / puzzling / cutting and pasting a monster.
Sit the kids down at the table (if opportune then grab a cup of tea) and settle in. Voila, magical space created.
I have to insert the disclaimer here that the space won’t last forever, but it’s likely to last long enough for the kids to redirect their energy back to play and for you to have enough breathing space to get back on top of parenting.
Thank the stars for internet!
Monster Phase – Monster Activities
My boys are in a monster phase right now. They like to play monster (pulling scary faces and chasing each other), they like being chased by mommy-monster (me catching them and giving them a good tickle) and my oldest sons thinks monsters might be living in the shadows of his room at night.
Monsters are all around, but as long as they’re good and friendly monsters, that’s fine.
So, I’ve decided to combine the monster phase with monster activities. I’ve gathered a truly monstrous Monster List of printables as support. I’m sharing them with you, so you can also set your kids to monstrous playtime, that is both educational and keeps you, monster-mommy, sane.
17 Free Monster Printables
Do take some prep-time into account (usually my biggest mistake). You’ll not only need to print these (of course the ink will run out), but depending on your kids ages, you also may need to cut / prepare things for them.
1. Colorful Monster Puzzel – A cute and simple numbers puzzel to help teach toddlers and pre-schoolers their numbers. Goes from 1 through 10.
2. Build a Monster Printables – This is such a cool activity! It’s near impossible to be afraid of something you’ve made yourself. Plus, they’re really cute 🙂
3. How to make monster slime + free labels – The more gooey it is, the better. At least, as far as my kids are concerned. I think adding the labels is simply brilliant.
4. Printable Monster Bookmarks – You can print colored version, but there’s also a coloring page version where the kids can color their own bookmarks. It gives reading books a nice personal touch.
5. Printable Monster Play Dough Mats – Kids love play dough. These free printable monster play dough mats help structure play dough activity.
8. Printable Monster Hunt Game – You’ll need to do this together with the kids, this is not a quiet time game. But it’s a lot of fun and it takes everyone outside. Have yourself a little mini-monster-adventure.
11. Monster Spray Label – This is awesome for getting your kid to sleep at night when they’re worried over monsters.
12. Monster Clothespin Puppets – Includes instructions for playing a fine motor game
13. Easy Sew Monster Puppets – Let the kids help with tracing and cutting (if they’re old enough) and picking the colors of felt to use. They can also help glue the accessories on.
14. Ten Little Monsters – a free printable book for early readers
17. Roll a Monster Game – This is such a fun game, and can be played at quite an early age (though you may have to chase the dice across the room!)
18. Silly Monster Printables Counting to Ten – 4 counting games with silly monsters. These are great for keeping the kids busy for a while.
Have fun with these monster games, and have a great weekend!