Monsters University

THEME: Monsters University

It’s June!  Time for Graduation. My oldest child is graduating in 10 days!  I can’t believe it! For the last several months a reocurring topic in our house has been College. College prep, scholarship applications, college applications, visits, financial aide, etc.  My younger kids have been watching their big brother going through this process. I thought it would be fun to help them understand what he has been preparing for, by using Pixar’s Monsters University.

As I prepare my plan, I give them something to color.

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Monsters Coloring Sheets

You can print lots of different coloring pages for FREE!

 

 

 

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: (Something to get those little ones up and moving)

For our very own “Scare Games”, the kids played Monsters Dodge Ball, on the enclosed trampoline!

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What makes this fit into our Monsters theme, is the Fuzzbies. Those are the colorful fuzzie balls!  (We keep a set of these awesome balls around because you never know when you need to toss a ball at somebody.) Each of these balls have a silly face on them

We found these at Walmart. The kid inside of my husband, insisted we get one of every color! And believe me, they have been fun!

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Even fun for Teens!

SPECIAL SNACK:(To be eaten in moderation, these snacks are meant to be fun not healthy)

“Monster Bars”

This is your basic Rice Crispy Bars, with candy eye balls, and colorful sprinkles mixed in.

Melt 1/4 Cup butter with

25 Large Marshmallows

Mix in 5 1/2 Cups of Rice Crispy Cereal

Add sprinkles and eyes

Spread into 8X11 baking dish, let cool

This is a quick and easy treat that the kids can help make!  They really love helping. They felt so creative putting in the extra’s to make it monster-y.

CREATIVE ACTIVITY:  (make a craft, use our imagination)

Blow Paint Monsters!

Okay, if you want to get my kids excited…you tell them they get to paint something!

IMG_2244Just wait till you see how adorable these painted monsters are!

Start out with large drops of different colors, close together.

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Once the paint is dry you can add eyes and draw arms and legs! Seriously, how cute are these:

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WATCH THE MOVIE: (Enjoy the quiet time!)

We are so ready now to enjoy this film! We are totally in the Monster mood! It’s great for my little kids knowing that soon we will be taking their brother to college.  It’s only a matter of time before they too will be grown and ready for the next stage in their life.  Take the time now.  As hard as it gets, as busy as life gets, remember what your kids need more than anything, is YOU.

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Ice Age

 

THEME:  Ice Age

I don’t know what it is about Ice Age, but it seems that it just gets funnier each time we see it.

SIT DOWN: Quiet activity

Ice Age Coloring Sheets

The joy of coloring is being reborn!  It’s not just for kids anymore. Coloring is becoming more and more popular among adults.  Adult coloring books have proven to be helpful for stress relief, relaxation, and sharpening our creativity.  So grab your cup of coffee, and your crayons and sit down with your kids and start out your day coloring with them.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: (Something to get those little ones up and moving)

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In Ice Age, the characters come into a cave and find themselves flying down a giant “ice slide”. . We tried out the old cardboard-down-the-stairs idea!  I had to rummage through the garage to get the biggest cardboard box I could find.  It was perfect, about half the width of our stairs, we had plenty of room to run back up and go down the slide again, and again! For this activity we were lucky enough to have the kids cousins with us! It’s a well-known fact that everything is much more FUN with your cousins!

*The best thing about this is that it made it into a paper of Eddies school work. It makes me so happy that he not only enjoys our theme days, but he is excited enough about it to share and write about it.

SPECIAL SNACK:(To be eaten in moderation, these snacks are meant to be fun not healthy)

Ice cream of course, what else would you do on “Ice Age” day?  To make it extra special, I thought the kids needed to make it themselves.

Ice Cream in a Bag

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The bags get cold!

What you will need:

– 1 cup half and half
– 2 tbsp sugar
– 1 tsp vanilla
– 1/2 cup coarse salt
– quart size ziploc
– gallon size ziploc halfway filled with ice
Mix your 1/2 & 1/2, vanilla, and sugar together. Add to the quart ziploc and seal tight.
Place that bag in the gallon bag with ice and salt
Set a timer for 8 minutes and have the kids shake the bags. They are churning their own ice cream!

They had fun with this!  They shook it, they tossed it, they threw it up in the air! After 8 minutes we tossed aside the ice bag, and opened up the quart size bag. Inside was yummy delicious homemade ice cream!!  The only thing I did wrong here was, I didn’t make one for me.

CREATIVE ACTIVITY:  (make a craft, use our imagination)

Cave Drawings!

Oh my goodness, I loved this idea!!  When Manny discovers what happened to his family and other mammoths like him, it was because of the story told on the walls of a cave.  I had the kids pretend that our table was their “cave”, and they had to make their own cave drawing. I cut open a brown paper bag and taped it underneith the table for them to draw on.

They would have stayed under there all day!  They thought this was so cool.

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WATCH THE MOVIE: (Enjoy the quiet time!)

I always love to tie everything together by watching the movie.

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I know it’s hard to take the time to stop and do kid stuff. I want to encourage you, it’s so important!  All it takes is a few minutes of YOU giving them your ATTENTION.  Remember, what your kids need more than anything else is YOU!