The monster math squad has arrived! If you are looking for a craft to let your kids be creative, an on the go busy bag activity that will keep kids occupied while waiting at restaurants, doctor's offices and other places, and a way to work on early math skills, including number identification, one to one correspondence, and ordinal numbers, then this is it. I came up with the idea while watching an episode of "Monster Math Squad" on Kids' CBC and noticing that different monsters in the show had different numbers of eyes, but it would fit in perfectly with a Halloween theme or a monster unit as well.
Here is what you need to do to make your own set of counting monsters:
- Several sheets of construction paper in various colours
- Scraps of construction paper in various sizes and colours
- googlie eyes (in various sizes if possible)
- number stickers (optional)
- marker (optional)
1. Cut each full sheet of construction paper in half lenthwise.
2. Cut monster body shapes, mouths, legs, arms and hair from scraps of construction paper. We tried to keep the look of our monsters consisent to focus on the change in the number of eyes, but you could make each monster completely unique:
3. Glue a monster body, plus arms, legs, mouths and hair onto each half sheet of construction paper:
4. Stick a number sticker, or use your marker to write a number on each monster page. We also added dots to indicate the number of things that number represented, but you could skip that if your child is already familiar with one to one correspondence:
5. Set out your monster math mats with a pile of googlie eyes. Have your child try to place the correct number of eyes on each monster:
Here is our one-eyed monster:
Our two-eyed monster:
And our five-eyed monster:
The best part about this activity is that when you're done, you can take the eyes off and start again. Every time you arrange the eyes, you make a different monster! It was fun to just play around and see what we could create. If you want to make your math monsters more durable, each card could easily be laminated, or simply covered in contact paper.
Of course, there are all sorts of other activities you could do with your monsters too. Try arranging the cards in their proper number sequence, adding the eyes on two or more cards, or sorting the monsters by their body colour, background colour, arm colour, or leg colour. However you use them, this squad of math monsters will be sure to "do the job" in your household.