My husband and I have been fans of Monsters Inc since it came out in 2001. Even to this day when we find something out of place we will sing, "put that thing back where it came from or so help meeee." It's become one of Kiley's Pixar favorites that we love watching together and quoting relentlessly. Now that Monsters Inc has been re-released in theaters in 3D & a new Monsters movie is coming out this summer we had to do a lesson plan!
Mike and Sulley work together at a factory. Their job is to get children's screams which power the town. Here is reality, we use electricity to power our homes and towns. A cute book that explains electricity is Oscar & the Bird on Electricity by Geoff Waring.
Create natural electricity yourself! Science Kids website has a fun static electricity experiment your kids can try out. We had fun using balloons on our pet chihuahua to show how static electricity works.
Not sure if Woodi found it as hilarious as we did, but he was a good sport about it.
Pick a monster from any legend or folk lore that strikes your kids fancy. We chose the Yeti, also known as the abominable snowman. Found this cool site called Scary For Kids that had some fun stories about the Yeti. Then we image googled lots of Yeti photos and art.
I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll is a book about a boy named Ethan. One night he finds that his regular monster under his bed has gone on a fishing trip. Ethan then proceeds to interview other potential monsters while his is gone for the week.
This is a fun book and Kiley liked it a lot.
Mike helps Sulley stay fit for his job by making him exercise. Exercise doensn't have to be boring! Kiley and I exercise together once to twice a week by either, hiking, kicking the ball around and playing tag. Inside the house we like to crank up the music dance, run up and down the stairs, bunny hop around and do fun aerobics. Exercising helps boost energy, improves mood and combats health conditions. Like eating healthy, exercise is something we hope to teach Kiley at an early age.
Mike and Sulley are partners at the factory. They use teamwork to get the job done. There are lots of team building exercises found online that you can try with your kids. As a family we work together to take care of the dogs. Kiley has been good about feeding them everyday, letting them out to potty and making sure they get plenty of play time and loving.
If you can see the movie in 3D! If that time has already passed go and see the new movie when it comes out this summer! Monsters University. It looks really cute. Click here to watch a trailer for it!