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Story Time: Where the Wild Things Are

Story Time: Where the Wild Things AreFirst of all, let me apologize for the lateness of this post.  Between my host server and my internet server, I have had The Weekend From Hell.  Can I get a hallelujah?

Never fear, the activities for this all-time best picture book ever are worth the wait.

But you don’t want to wait any longer, so let’s get to it.

What kind of wild things mischief can we make?

Oh, veritable tons, my friends.

English

One of the brilliant things about this book is the sparse wording.  In fact, the wild rumpus is not described at all, but shown in pictures.  However, those pictures can inspire entire worlds in a littles’ mind.  Which is kind of the point.

I think it would be terribly fun to have your littles write a story about what happens during the wild rumpus.  So I made up a pretty printable for them to write it on.  Because I’m cool like that.

Let the Wild Rumpus Start

Science

Okay, so I love this.  This science project will allow your littles to use their imagination again and it doesn’t require a lot of clean up from you.  There are many different wild things in the story and none of them are fully explained.  Here’s your littles’ chance to pick one wild thing and imagine how it might be classified.  What is its habitat?  Feeding habits?  Behaviors?  We do these animal studies All The Time, but we never get to use our imaginations to fill them out.

Wild Thing Nature Study

wild things nature study

Crafts

I have a couple for your littles to enjoy, and they are both fun and easy peasy.

Max’s Wolf Mask

Wild Things Wolf Mask

He felt he was waaaay too old to showcase this for you

What you need:

wild things mask supplies

  • White cardstock
  • Lit Mama’s Wolf Mask Template
  • 2-3 black chenille stems
  • Paint stir stick or large craft stick
  • glue
  • tape

What you do:

  • Print out template on cardstock
  • Cut mask out
  • Cut out inside of mask for face

Wild things wolf mask whisker holes

  • Use a pencil or other sharp object to poke 4 small holes in each side of mask for the whiskers

wild things wolf mask whiskers

  • Cut chenille stems into different links and push them through the holes you’ve made

tape whiskers to wild things wolf mask

  • Tape them to the inside of the mask

Wild Things Wolf Mask

  • Glue or tape stick to inside of mask where the chin would be
  • Enjoy being a wild thing

Make your own Wild Thing

Make Your Own Wild Thing

What you need:

Make Your Own Wild Thing Supplies

  • Lit Mama’s 4 PAGES!! of wild thing templates, including hands, eyes, feet, mouths, ears and horns, and a body to attach them to
  • Construction paper
  • Crayons
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors

What you do:

wild things body

  • If you want, use the face and body template to cut a colored wild thing from construction paper (or just cut it out and color it)
  • Choose the eyes, ears, mouth, feet, and hands you want to use and cut them out

add body parts wild thing

  • With the glue stick, add the parts to your wild thing however you want

color wild thing

  • Color the wild thing’s parts

You can also use the parts as templates to cut them from colored paper.  There are so many awesome, creative ways to do this craft!  Talk about a wild rumpus!

Food:

Um, yeah yeah.  These Mallow Monsters are so cute your littles will squeal, even before they get the toothache!  The funnest part is that your littles get to do almost all the work. All you have to do is melt chocolate!Wild Things Mallow Monsters

What you need:

Mallow Monster Supplies

  • Marshmallows
  • Sucker Sticks
  • White Chocolate (for melting)
  • Food coloring (we used blue and purple, but you can use any ol’ color)
  • Nonpareils and other decorative candies
  • Some kind of candy or chocolate chip for the eyes (honestly, we cut the stems off of some candy pumpkins I had stocked up.  It worked great!)

What you do:

  • Set up your dipping station with small bowls of different types of decorative candies and a bowl for each of your white chocolate colors

Mallow Monsters chocolate melting

  • Put two bars of white chocolate in a saucepan with a pat of butter and heat over low heat until melted (or microwave them for about 30 seconds in the bowl)

Mallow Monsters colored chocolate

  • Add 3 drops food coloring to the chocolate and stir until combined, pouring into a dipping a bowl when done (Do the last two steps for each of your colors)
  • Once you have the chocolate ready, push a sucker stick into each marshmallow

Dipping Mallow Monsters in chocolate

  • Holding the marshmallow by the sucker stick, dip and twirl it in the chocolate until the top half is covered.

making hair mallow monsters

  • Now dip just the top of the marshmallow into a bowl of candy to make hair

adding eyes mallow monsters

eyes added mallow monsters

  • Place the marshmallow on a saucer and add the eyes to it

mallow monsters complete

  • Make as many of these cutie-pies as you can, because they will all look different
  • Brush your teeth

Oh, my lovelies, I do so love this book.  I hope these activities make it an even richer experience for your littles.  This one should be remembered always.

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Love wins,

KT

 

 

 

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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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22 Comments

  1. Such cute ideas and from a great book!!

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  2. That science activity is AWESOME! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week!
    Tina
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  3. You are awesome! So many great ideas here! Love the printables and the marshmallow monsters.
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  4. Such a fun book and I love your detailed pictures on the step-by-step craft instructions. What kid wouldn’t want a mask that cute? Thanks for sharing at the #LMMLinkup.
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  5. Great ideas! My kids love making pops like the monster marshmallow ones you have shown.

    • ktbrison@gmail.com

      They’re so easy and yummy. My boys would be happy if I just came up with treats like that for a living. lol

  6. Every week at my son’s violin lesson, I’ve been reading this to the younger children. When they picked it off the shelf, yet again, I told them we actually have this book at home and theirsmiles were infectious. I am definitely pinning this for later this fall. Thank you for the adorable ideas.

    • ktbrison@gmail.com

      Aw, Jennifer, you’re welcome. I love hearing that your kids love this story as much as I do. Enjoy the activities!

  7. Lolol, love the pic of your son! Tell him to be a better sport next time! 😉 I think the edible activity would go over best with my kids. If they didn’t eat all the supplies first! Thanks for sharing at the Family Joy Linkup! Hope to see you again next Sunday!
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    • ktbrison@gmail.com

      I thought about making him take another one, but this one made me laugh too hard. I’m glad someone else thought it was funny!

  8. Love these ideas! So cool.

  9. You had me at Mallow Monsters!
    Thanks for this, one of my son’s faves.
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  10. How cool! Love all these various projects linked to one story – one that the kids will love!!
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  11. What fun activities. I love this!

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