Where the Wild Things Are

Age Frame of Lesson: Ages 6-8

Time Frame of Lesson: 30 minutes
Overview: This activity is based on the book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.  In this book, you will encounter some "wild things" that you have never seen before!  After reading it, use your imagination and creativity to make your very own "wild thing."  Your "wild thing" will be extra special and unique, because it is created from writing your name!  Gather all your materials from the material list below, and then follow the instructions to get started.
  • 1 piece of white paper
  • 1 piece of construction paper (any color)
  • markers, crayons, or colored pencils
  • glue
  • scissors
  • googly eyes, pom-poms, and any other craft supplies to decorate your "wild thing"
  1. Fold the white paper in half so it looks like the picture below.  Make sure the folded edge is facing you.

  2. Write your name on the long side of the paper.  It is very important that you write your name big!  Look how John's name goes past halfway up the paper.  Also make sure that your letters touch the bottom of the paper (where you folded it).

  3. The next step is outline your name.  Starting at the bottom of the first letter, draw one, long outline around your name.  You can see the outline in orange below.  If your name has any letters that you can draw an outline underneath (like the "h" and n") in John's name, you can draw an outline around those letters too.

  4. Carefully cut along the outline.  It is extremely important to cut only along the outline.

  5. After cutting, unfold the paper.  You can see that you name created a fun shape!  This shape will be the body of your "wild thing." 

  6. Decide which way you want your "wild thing" to be.  Make sure the side with the outline is facing down, and glue the "wild thing" on construction paper.

  7. Just like all the "wild things" in Maurice Sendak's book, your "wild thing" should be unique and creative!  So, use your markers, crayons, or colored pencils and all of your craft supplies to decorate your wild thing in any way that you like!





Where the Wild Things Are

by Maurice Sendak


This book chronicles the dream of a young boy who was sent to his room.  He dreams of a far off land where he encounters many "wild things."  A great chance for readers between ages 6-8 to explore what is meant by imagination!