How to Make a Monster

Another week, another topic, and it is monster week.  I feel like we really hit on some deep meaningful themes this week, and had a lot of fun.  We started out with a documentary on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, probably the best known monster of all (ok we can argue about werewolves here but really, Frankenstein).  There are a couple of very good documentaries on Youtube, we watched the Great Books video, there is also a Mary Shelley Biography but be warned it may not be suitable for younger audiences (honestly I recommend previewing all documentaries before allowing your children to watch them).  We then had a discussion about monsters and what makes a monster, I think Frankenstein is a good jumping off point for this particular discussion.  Is “The Creature” the monster or is Dr. Frankenstein the monster?  We also watched a nice documentary on Universal Horror Monsters, and of course “In Search of History Werewolves” (we’ve watched that one before).  Then finished the week with Alvin and The Chipmunks meet Frankenstein (well it can’t all be documentaries).


Some family movies we watched this week were Little Vampire (we didn’t manage to finish all of our vampire movies during vampire week), The Boy who Cried Werewolf (a family favorite), Girl vs Monster (honestly this could be a ghost movie), Van Helsing, and Under Wraps.


Unfortunately our first project of the week didn’t turn out.  Let’s just say Jello is now a forbidden word in this house (jigglers failed last year too…. I can bake anything but jello and I are apparently not friends).

Really this should have been simple.  If you are luckier than me perhaps you can make this and have it work out.  We had intended to make a jello brain.  We have the jello brain mold, unfortunately for whatever reason, that did not happen for us.  We mixed the hot water and the jello as per instructions (you will need two 6oz boxes for a brain).  We added the cold water as per instructions.  We put it in the brain mold.  This is where things went wrong.  As we were transferring the brain mold into the refrigerator to set it tipped, all of that berry blue all over my kitchen floor.  Well….I guess my monster won’t have a brain.  It took over an hour to clean up.  Be careful.

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