We made Monster Pancakes thanks to our sponsor Disney-Hyperion!
It’s no lie that the kids and I heart Mo Willems books. We own just about every Elephant and Piggie book ever written and recently discovered their ART-ivity book! Remember how I said I teamed up with Disney-Hyperion and Mo Willems for a 3 part series? Last month we made Elephant and Piggie pumpkins and this month the kids and I crafted with our breakfast. In honor of Leonardo, the Terrible Monster and Sam, the Most Scardey-cat Kid in the Whole World we crafted up some monster pancakes.
Leonardo, the Terrible Monster came out a long time ago and is about the monster Leonardo who can’t seem to scare anyone, until he meets Sam! Sam, the Most Scaredy-cat Kid in the Whole World is a brand new companion book about making friends. Sam is scared of everything. Even a pigeon- in a- box! (For the record, Maxwell spied that pigeon first.) The only thing he is not scared of is Leonardo the Terrible Monster. One day, Sam made a scary discovery, a new monster, Frankenthaler, and his friend, Kerry. Kerry is the second most scaredy-cat kid in the world so it made since that the kids were scared of each other.
Just like Leonardo does in Leonardo, the Terrible Monster, he and Frankenthaler had to make a big decision to leave the scaredy-cat kids alone and “figure it out”. Kerry and Sam realized they had a lot in common, but not everything. When the monsters returned the two scaredy-cats were gone.
I’m not going to spoil the ending, but I will say the book ends happily ever after! My kids loved it and they absolutely loved reading it while making monster pancakes! This is Max’s monster, “Key”. In case you can’t tell Key has “a lot of eyes”. The books were the perfect spring board for asking questions like:
- What are you scared of?
- Do you like to try new things?
- What is a friend?
- Do you like to make new friends?
- How do you make new friends?
- What do you and Mila have in common?
- What do you not have in common?
- What was a big decision you had to make?
He doesn’t always give me full answers, but Max does typically turn the question around to me. He asked me what Maxwell and Mommy have in common. I told him that we both love to snuggle, ride scooters to the farmers market, eat pancakes, and swing at the park!
We also talked about possibly inviting new friends over to play and make monster pancakes! Maxwell liked that idea. Monster pancakes are pretty easy and really fun to make. I made a batch of random sized round pancakes from a pre made mix, and then we decorated!
Monster Pancake Decorations:
- Whip cream
- Peanut butter (used to stick the teeth down)
- Candy corn
Tony is Maxwell’s favorite monster. Tony is a character in Leonardo, the Terrible Monster and he has 1,642 teeth. We made his teeth out of apple slices. We trimmed a pancake down to make Tony’s horns and attached them with whipped cream.
Maxwell was pretty proud of his monster too! He wanted me to let everyone know that he thinks Sam and Kerry would like to play with Key. Key is not a scary monster. Oh and don’t mind those 2 random green peas that ended up on Key. Max found those on the table from last nights dinner, ha!
Sam, the Most Scaredy-cat in the Whole World reminds me of the movie Parent Trap. So if you love Parent Trap or Mo Willems, you don’t want to miss these books!