There’s something about the fun story of Crankenstein Valentine that kids really love! As teachers, it’s perfect to use as a teaching resource as there are many opportunities to engage learners in fun activities. If you are lesson planning around the topics of feelings, behavior, moods, kindness, and patience, then this is the story for you! Get ready to fall in love with this cranky little monster! Let’s take a look at some of the best Crankenstein activities!
1. Verb Activity
Have your kids write down 5 verbs from a section of the delightful story. Challenge them to think of synonyms for these words. For an added challenge, they can try and use their new word in a sentence.
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2. Crankenstein Craft
This cute craft is fun and easy to make when discussing the story of Crankenstein. Kids love anything hands-on and this cranky little guy is super simple to make! For an added challenge they can complete the worksheet “Quite Frank-ly it makes me cranky”, by listing what gets them riled up.
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3. Crankenstein Adjective Activity
Students will create a piece of writing based on when Crankenstein feels cranky in the story. The aim is to use some different adjectives to describe how Crankenstein is feeling and apply these in their writing. The adjectives can be cut out from a pre-prepared sheet for added fine motor practice!
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4. Crazy Legs Activity
Firstly, provide each student with a green rectangle. They can then draw their own expression on the face and use Valentine’s stickers to sweeten it up. Fold strips of black paper to create ladder-style arms and legs before attaching them to the body.
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5. What Makes Us Cranky?
A great whole-class activity! Make a class chart together about what makes us happy and what makes us cranky. Crankenstein is a great story for opening up discussions about different feelings and how we show our emotions.
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6. STEM Journal
In this STEM activity, students can design and build a calm-down fidget for Crankenstein. Following the six-step Engineering Design Process of Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, Experiment, and Improve. Students are responsible for planning and designing their own ideas. After this is complete, they can then reflect on what worked and what didn’t.
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7. Crankenstein Draw Along
In this super sweet drawing activity, kids are taught how to draw their own Crankenstein. Provide each student with a piece of paper, a pencil, and some coloring pencils. Pop the video on and let them get to work drawing!
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8. Crankenstein Writing Activity
In this fun activity, kids will think about the theme of Valentine’s day- just like in the story Crankenstein Valentine. They will then write about two things- something that makes them cranky and something that makes them cheerful.
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9. Cause and Effect
This activity looks at the causes and effects of Crankenstein’s cranky behavior. For example, he gets cranky when it’s time to wake up for school and when there’s no syrup left for his pancakes in the morning. Kids look at the effect his moods have on his actions; trying to relate it to themselves.
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10. Crankenstein Play Dough
For this cute play dough activity, you will need green, black, and yellow play dough as well as googly eyes! Kids will love making their own little Crankenstein. Hand out a picture of Crankenstein for reference so your kids can get the colors and details right.
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11. Anger Management Activity
The theme of anger is apparent in the story of Crankenstein. Discuss times that your learners have felt cranky about something and then have them complete this worksheet. In each ‘button’, they can write about a time they have been angry. As a group, discuss what the effects of their emotions were.
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12. Feelings Spinner
Feelings are an important topic in the cute story of Crankenstein. This feelings spinner is free to download and is a fun activity for individual students to complete. Students can say what the feeling sounds like, name a feeling less or more intense, draw the feeling, or act it out.
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13. Crankenstein Cookies
Make cookies ahead of time and bring them to class for your learners to decorate! They will need some green icing and mini marshmallows for his cute ears. White and black icing will also be needed to add eyes, hair, and mouth details. Once complete, learners can enjoy their sweet treat!
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14. STEM Science Activity
For this STEM science activity, you will need baking soda, vinegar, food coloring, a balloon, a plastic bottle, and markers. Get your kids to draw Crankenstein’s face on a green balloon. Add the ingredients to your bottle and place the balloon over the hole. Kids will be amazed as the chemical reaction causes the balloon to self-inflate!
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15. MYO Crankenstein Mask
This printable Halloween mask can be adapted by adding a skewer which can be secured with scotch tape so that it can be held up to the face. Kids will need scissors to cut out the mask and Crankenstein details can be added with markers.
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16. Footprint Card
Perfect for little feet! This can be adapted by adding Crankenstein colors and details from the story. You will need some green and black paint and some patience cleaning up little feet afterward. Having old towels and a bucket of warm soapy water to hand is a good idea!
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17. I Feel Cranky When
For this writing craft, have students pop the title ‘Crankenstein’ at the top of the page. In bubbles, they can then write about times they were a Crankenstein! Lastly, they can add a cute cardstock Crankenstein to the corner of the page.
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18. Watercolor Crankenstein’s
You will need some good quality watercolor paper, watercolor paints, and black markers. Firstly, in light pencil, learners will draw a character outline. Then, they can add color using watercolor paints. Once it’s thoroughly dry, learners can go over the outline in black marker to make it pop!
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19. Crankenstein Marshmallows
For these sweet guys, secure your marshmallow onto a paper straw. Melt green candy melts and dip your marshmallow into the mixture. Leave to dry. Next, melt regular chocolate and tip the top in to create hair. Sprinkles can be added too. Use white and black fondant for the eye and scar detail!
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20. Chatterpix Monster STEAM Activity
Working on character development? Have your students follow the guide in this activity to draw their own monsters; answering questions about themselves as they go. Next, they can upload their creations to the free app, Chatterpix, and watch their pictures come to life!
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