Help your students release and embrace their inner wild thing with activities designed to encourage self-expression, honesty, and creative exploration. This novel turned into a movie has many themes and concepts that can be used in the classroom to help students feel unique and understood. From monster masks, to story predicting, and dance parties, we have all the fun activities you need to "let the wild rumpus begin"!
1. Wild Feelings
We all feel a bit wild and crazy sometimes, and your students are no exception. The classroom can be a safe place for students to express and explore how they feel and relate to their peers.
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2. Max's Book Nook
Create a library corner in your classroom decorated with wild things swinging in trees and King Max. Fill the space with inspiring books, cushions, and you'll find your students spending more quiet time reading in the wild!
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3. Book Predictions
This activity works if your students have not seen or read the story before. Show them the cover of the book/title and ask them to bring the story to life in their own words using their imagination.
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4. Paper Bag Puppets
This fun wild things-themed activity uses paper bags, craft fur, and creative power to bring the wild things and Max to life. After your kiddos make their puppets you can have them get into groups and put on a puppet show!
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5. Read-Aloud Time
6. Family Life and Relationships Discussion
The author and illustrator Maurice Sendak does a great job in describing the challenges children face at home and how they can grow healthy relationships and communication. After reading as a class, give some prompts to facilitate open and honest discussion among your students.
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7. Story Mapping
Story mapping is a fun and collaborative follow-up activity once you've read the book as a class. Give each group of students a piece of paper and have them draw out the sequence of the story in pictures of what they find most important.
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8. Time For a Rumpus!
After your students have read and discussed the book completing some study activities, it's time to get wild and crazy! Decorate your classroom with some hilarious monster feet, crowns, other things from the story, and have a dance party.
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9. Monster Foot Fun
This simple and adorable craft will have your kids clomping around like the little monsters they are! Trace and cut out the feet and use velcro or string to tie them on.
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10. A Crown For a King
There are so many craft ideas for making a crown fit for a king like Max. You can use construction paper, cardboard, felt, or all three! You'll need some craft glue, and gold paint to give it a regal look.
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11. Feelings Faces
We experience so many feelings and emotions every day it can be hard for children to process them all. You can cut out a bunch of shapes and let your students mix and match to create different emotive monster faces.
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12. Wild Things Masks
This craft activity transforms your little ones into wild things and kings with a few art supplies and the power of imagination. Cut holes in paper bags, grab some paints, and get crafting!
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13. Feed Your Inner Wild Thing!
This active family fun monster treat is just wild enough to eat. It uses chocolate, cheese, apples, and...spaghetti! Your kids will love assembling and munching down on their own edible wild things.
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14. Cartoon Monster Drawing
This motor activity can be done on the computer or on paper. The tutorial shows step by step how to bring a cartoon character to life, and this one is going to be wild!
Learn more: How to Draw Cartoons Online
15. Wild Things Role Play
This fun preschool activity gets your little readers engaged in a hands-on and interactive way. Print out little versions of the main characters and give one to each of your students. Read the book as a class with each student reading the part of their character.
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