@4LoveofCupcakes silly one, but just this morning, butter came in to my room and said, “mommy. LB is crying.”
— MamaPhan (@MamaPhan) April 28, 2012
@4LoveofCupcakes 1st time my middle DD got a spanking from Daddy she told me he spanked her & asked me to kiss her butt.
— Paulette (@LittleMsP) April 25, 2012
Sometimes it’s funny, but most of the time, it’s extremely annoying – at least for me, being a daycare teacher and listening to it all day every day. I needed a solution! So the other preschool teacher and I came up with the idea of a Tattle Monster based on things we’ve seen on pinterest. Of course, we had the necessary talk with our kids about if you’re really hurt or if it’s something serious (included examples), you must tell a teacher and not the Tattle Monster.
Here are some ACTUAL tattles from students in my experience:
- “Miss Jamie, they’re singing.”
- “Miss Jamie, she’s not on the rug.”
- “Miss Jamie, so-and-so took so-and-sos toy.”
- “C got markers!”
- “J is coloring on a heart crayon!”
and my personal favorite-
“Miss Jamie, he tattled on me!”
I mean, this goes on all. day. long. Clearly, something had to be done.
Here’s the “Momma Tattle Monster” which hangs on my wall next to the Preschoolers’ Attendance Pockets.
They love tattling into it’s glittery “ears”. :) Unfortunately, since the Tattle Monster is hanging on our wall, there’s no one (but me) to tattle to when we’re in another classroom, eating snack, outside, or in the gym. So what we needed were little, personal Tattle Monsters! My kids loved this idea even more – a little friend they can hang out with seemed like an awesome idea to them. :)
How to Make a Tattle Monster
Here’s what you need for personal tattle monsters: ID badge with clip (found at Staples), paper or my Free Printable and a Sharpie for drawing the little guys.
Cut them out and give them to your kids along with some colored pencils. Allow them to color their own Tattle Monsters and then assemble the badge & clip to their clothes. :)
This could also easily be a necklace instead of a shirt-pin badge. Make any adjustments you’d like!!
Click Here to read all about the Tattle Monster procedure, How to Introduce it to your kids, and How to Encourage them to use their monsters. I put all of that information on my hubpages article.