**I was given a M is for Monster box full of Amazing educational goodies to review for this post. All opinions are my own. I only share products with you that I stand by and recommend**
Hey there! Today is all about fun and learning with little ones…Often, I get caught up in all of my projects and have to sit back and remember that my boys like to work on projects just as much as I do. My boys LOVE to learn and our dining room table is always covered in learning materials and craft stuff. The problem I have is taking the time to plan all of the activities and also do the activities…Often I find myself running short on time to do one or the other.
Have you ever heard of M is for Monster? I hadn’t either until about a month ago…Lucky for us, we had a chance to try out a Monster Box during the month of November. Seriously, I have not been this excited about something in a long time. Why? Because all of my preschool planning was done for me at an age appropriate level. Yay! What is a Monster Box? It is a box full of everything you need to home preschool for a full month with a different theme for each week delivered right to you. You can choose between a Preschool (ages 4-5) or a Toddler Box (ages 2-3). Each week’s activities are labeled and include directions and extension activities. What would normally take me hours to peruse Pinterest and coordinate has already been done for me. Thank you!
My younger boys both go to preschool, but they still love learning at home. I am a teacher with a teaching degree, but I am NOT a natural teacher of early childhood. My degree is in secondary education. The lessons in the Monster Box are perfect for a stay-at-home parent or a working parent who wants fun activities ready to go in the evenings. No degree required!
When the Monster Box came in the mail, my younger boys, ages 3 and 5, could not wait to open it up and try it all out. They would have done every activity in the box that day if I would have let them! The Themes for November were C is for Corn, F is for Football, P is for Pumpkin, and A is for Apple. They come labeled Week 1, 2, 3, 4, but I switched them around based on what activities we already had planned. For example, I thought Corn and Pumpkin would go great with learning about Thanksgiving, so we worked on those at the end of the month. You can do just what comes in the box or go beyond by using the other ideas provided on the M is for Monster blog. New projects, free printables, and activities are shared for each weekly theme. So many fun ideas and resources on the M is for Monster blog, Facebook, and Pinterest. I really wished I had discovered M is for Monster sooner…like 5 years ago! I cannot describe to you how Awesome it all is…just take a look at the detailed packaging and printables…
Ready to see my boys in action? I chose the Preschool box because I knew I could adapt the activities for my youngest. Turns out…They LOVED all of the activities. Everything Big Brother did, Little Brother wanted to do too. One of their most favorite activities was a hide and seek pumpkin game. Pumpkin shapes and a marker were provided in the box. I wrote the letters of one of my boys names on one side of the pumpkins and the other boys name on the other side of the pumpkin. Then, I hid the pumpkins for the boys to take turns finding. Well, I only was allowed to hide them once before the boys took over. I bet they took turns hiding each others name over twenty times. Who knew this would be such a hit?!
Dotting all the “P’s” to create a Polka-Dot-Pumpkin…The kit came with one Pumpkin printout and one dot marker, so I had to make a copy for both boys to participate. While the boys were working away, I sang the songs for the themes…Don’t worry, I did not record it for you. 😉 They are awfully catchy tunes, though…
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Sounds like a great Christmas gift idea to me! (You’re Welcome!)
Have a fun first week of December!