Everyone Loves Monsters
Monsters, like spiders and ghosts, are considered scary creatures. Toddlers shouldn't be afraid of Frankenstein or werewolves because they don't know what they are. Take the fear away (and chase away possible nightmares) by exploring monster art as creative fun, then boogie down to some spooky tunes.
Read: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, is a classic in children's literature. Share it with your child, then ask if Max's monsters were scary. What animals do they look like? By turning over a coffee table, an imaginary ship is created. Read the book again while your child acts out the role of Max, sailing across the sea on your table-ship.
Snack: Monster Mashed Potatoes are a great snack and fun activity. Make a portion of instant or fresh mashed potatoes, then add green food coloring. Warm up canned or frozen mixed veggies. Let your child spread the potatoes on a plate and add veggies as eyes, nose, ears, and the sprinkle grated cheese for hair.
Play: Find a recording of "The Monster Mash," by Bobby "Boris" Pickett. You and your toddler will enjoy dancing the afternoon away and mimicking the silly monster voices.