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Leonardo isn’t your typical monster, those teeth, the face, that crazy fur, would you be scared of him? He’s a terrible awful monster. He tries so hard but can’t seem to scare anyone. What about when he meets Sam the Most Scaredy-cat Kid in the Whole World? Find out when you read Leonardo, The Terrible Monster by Mo Willems.
This adorable monster inspired a fun craft today. We were excited because the new companion book, Sam, The Most Scaredy-cat Kid in the Whole World released this year and is the perfect book if you have a scaredy-cat kid. Get them to overcome their fears and let them see how goofy monsters can be! Sam may have overcome his fears and befriended Leonardo, but what happens in the new book when they meet a new monster and –even scarier — a new kid?
If you also love this terrible monster, you can make your own monster at home with this easy play dough recipe.
Leonardo the Terrible Monster Play dough
- 2 cups of flour
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1 tbsp cream of tartar
- 1 – 1 1/2 cup hot water
- Neon food coloring
- Large bowl
- Wooden spoon
Play dough directions
- Mix the flour, oil, cream of tartar and salt together in a large bowl.
- Add food coloring to the hot water and mix.
- Slowly add the water to the mixture and mix with a spoon.
- Let cool for a bit then knead it by hand.
For the blue, I used one drop of the blue coloring and 6-8 drops of the neon green to get Leonardo’s green color just right.
While I made the flat version of Leonardo, they didn’t think his head should be flat, so they made him with spherical heads and added his facial features in blue.
Leonard loves making silly faces so why not build your own?