October Is a Monstrous Month: Books, Activities for Kids

October can be a spooky month. Nights are getting longer and the days are getting colder. Some days you can see your breath in the air—does it look like a ghost? This whole month, the world seems to be full of pumpkins, spiders, and bats...oh my! Or maybe you’ve seen some vampires and mummies around. October is a time for monsters. 

What can you do to get into the spooky spirit? Make a monster or just read about some. 

Activities

Books

Out of the Box: You can make almost anything out of cardboard! A game featuring monsters? Check! Beautiful owls made out of toilet paper tubes? Absolutely. Or my personal favorite, wild 3D masks that can turn you into a lion or a zebra with just cardboard, tape and paint or markers. 

Monstrous: Your favorite monsters have a history. Learn about it here, and check them out from a scientific perspective. Should vampires drink from veins or arteries? What do real monstrous sea creatures look like?  

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: What if you had a real life dragon? Joan Procter was a herpetologist, which means she studied reptiles and she loved them too, including a komodo dragon she invited to tea parties. 

This post is part of the October Learning Journey. Try at least 4 activities on the Learning Journey page this month, tell us what you did and you could win a prize!

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