Under My Bed Activity Time

Resource type: 
Activity Time


By John Dickson and Guridi

Once a year, when day turns into night, monsters come out to play. You might spot them creeping out from the shadows to celebrate Annual Monster’s Day! Under My Bed is a funny story that puts a new spin on having a monster hiding under your bed. John Dickson writes with humour and rhythm, and Guridi adds to the comedy with fun and expressive illustrations. Share the story Under My Bed with your child, make friends with a jelly monster and have fun at the best party of the year!

Jelly Monster 

You will need:
• Template (see attached)
• Blank paper
• Texta or crayons
• Scissors and glue
• Optional: wool, cellophane, crepe paper, feathers.

What to do:
1. Fold a piece of paper in half
2. Draw a wobbly line to make a ‘Jelly Monster’ shape or use template provided
3. Still folded, cut out your shape along the line you have drawn
4. Open up ‘Jelly Monster’ and add your monster’s features (eyes, claws and teeth)
5. You might like to add materials such as, soft feathers, fluffy wool, or crackly cellophane to decorate the Jelly Monster. Chat with your child and introduce describing words such as spikey, wobbly, fluffy, curly etc.

More ideas

Make more monsters and have your own Monster Party! Make party invitations and plan games to play such as musical statues or pin the tail on the monster. Take a photograph of your child making their best monster face – print out the photo and cut it out and glue onto the Jelly Monster shape.

STEM Focus: Technology is all around us and the best way children learn is through play. Help your child learn about how photography by making their very own storybook. Use a favourite toy, themselves or even their jelly monster as the main character of their story. Chat what will happen and where their story will take place? Take your camera (or smart phone) to the park, the library or around your home and capture photos to illustrate your child’s story. To make your book, print out the photos and write your child’s words.

Songs to sing
10 Little Monsters – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TK9Y1TeC9Oc
Change the words to Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes. (Horns, shoulders, knees and claws).

Key message
Children learn by being engaged and doing.


For full Activity Time download attached PDF.


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