Saturday, 5 May 2012

There's A Monster In Our Sand Pit

Hey there!

The following is a  simple picture book story that just happened to pop into my head (as they often do)...

The idea behind this story is to promote positive behaviour by encouraging children to think about why the 'monster's' behaviour is unacceptable.

If you have time, please skim through and think about the following: If you have have young children, would you read this to them? What did you like about it? What didn't like about it?

There's A Monster In Our Sand Pit!

There’s a monster in our sandpit.

He doesn’t know how to play.

He roars and shrieks so loud that…

He scares all the children away!

There’s a monster in our sandpit.

He’s really rather mean.

He stamps on all the sandcastles, tips all the toys out of their box and …

Pink Socks Clip ArtHe's buried little Molly’s socks!

There’s a monster in our sandpit.

He really is a horror.

He flicks and throws the sand everywhere and…

He's put it down Nathan’s trousers!

There’s a monster in our sandpit.

He really is unkind.

He snatches all the sand trucks, the digging tools and…

He’s making all the children cry!

But all the noise brings the teacher running. There’s far too much fuss and din.

She takes the monster by the hand and far from the sand pit she leads him.

Down on one knee the teacher leans in; so she is face to face.

She’s not scared of any monsters; she’ll put that monster in his place!

She tells that monster firmly:

“You need to share”

(Monster shrinks)

“You need to be fair”

(Monster shrinks)

“You must not be unkind”

(Monster shrinks)

“You must take care of all your friends”

(Monster shrinks)

“So Johnny?”

(Little boy looking up at teacher)

“Please play NICE!”

Thank you for reading!
All comments are very welcome.


  1. Replies
    1. Hi Jimmie -

      Thanks for reading it through, these just pop into my mind now and then!

  2. Aw, this is really lovely, and with a strong message! A wonderful story for young children, thanks for posting. I am glad I found your blog, you have some great posts.

    By the way, I am a new follower. Would love if you could stop by my blog. :)

    Jessica from Booked Up!

    1. Hello Jessica!

      What a lovely surprise to find a newbie follower! And thank you ever so much for the comments, my blog has got a long way to go yet, but I hope you enjoy it here at Read, Write, Blog!

      I've just popped over to your blog and it's gorgeous! Really enjoyed reading the reviews and the pics made me smile. :)