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.
- Need a monster to mark the page of your book? Fold this Frankenstein corner bookmark and you’ll be ready to read.
- All you need is some red paper to create these origami vampire lips. Or grab some orange paper to fold some jack-o-lanterns.
- Make a shadow puppet theater out of a cereal box. Then make as many monster shadow puppets as you like.
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.