10 “Where the Wild Things Are” Activities We Love

Let the wild rumpus begin!

Where the Wild Things Are Activities

Crazy about Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak? We are too! That’s why we’ve rounded up 10 of the best Where the Wild Things Are activities below. 

1. Create a Wild Thing sculpture. Where the Wild Things Are Activities

SOURCE: Matsutake

Use cardboard tubes and paint to recreate your favorite characters from the story. To create the pointy ears, just fold in the tube from each side. Use extra cardboard to create accessories, like the crown shown above. 

2. Make a Wild Thing mask.Where the WIld Things Are Activities

SOURCE: Fairy Dust Teaching

Craft your own Wild Thing mask with these simple supplies: paper plates, glue, scissors, construction paper, and yarn.

3. Work on all kinds of skills.Where the WIld Things Are Activities

SOURCE: Royal, Baloo, and Logi-Bear Too!

Pre-writing, shape matching, and simple math skills are some of the activities included in this free Where the Wild Things Are bundle.

4. Write about feeling wild.Where the WIld Things Are Activities

SOURCE: Mrs. Jump’s Class

Make your own Max and write about a time you felt like a Wild Thing!

5. Have an action word rumpus.Where the WIld Things Are Activities

SOURCE: Growing Book by Book

The king or queen holds the action-word scepter (directions in the link above) and makes a grand announcement with one of the action words found in the story. The crowd then performs that action. When the king or queen commands “be still!” everyone stops and waits for the next grand announcement. 

6. Play a Wild Thing counting game.Where the WIld Things Are Activities

SOURCE: Fun Learning for Kids

Roll the dice and add that number of teeth to your Wild Thing. First one with a whole mouth of chompers wins!

7. Use shapes to make a Wild Thing.

Where the Wild Things Are Activities

SOURCE: Still Playing School

Work on concepts like color, shape, and size with this fun preschool activity.

8. Slip on some Wild Thing feet.

Where the Wild Things Are Activities

SOURCE: Cute Kids Reading Books

Do these come in extra large? These hilarious monster feet are simple to make, and your kids will love them! Have your students don their monster feet and a Wild Thing mask (#2 above) and have a parade.

9. Make a Wild Thing glyph. Where the Wild Things Are Activities

SOURCE: First Grade Fever

Using the key provided in the link to First Grade Fever above, kids will create their own Wild Thing. Each monster will be unique, depending on each student’s favorite color, age, how many people are in their family, and their favorite monster book.

10. Stitch up your own Wild Thing.Where the Wild Things Are Activities

SOURCE: Library Makers

Your students will love transforming socks, scraps of fabric, and foam filler into their new favorite Wild Thing. (This project is a little more complicated and may require some adult helpers.)

What are your favorite Where the Wild Things Are activities? Come share in our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE group on Facebook. 

Plus, the best books for kindergarten and first grade. 

10 "Where the Wild Things Are" Activities We Love

Posted by Elizabeth Mulvahill

Elizabeth Mulvahill is a passionate teacher, writer and mom who loves learning new things, traveling the globe and everything Zen.

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