Where the Wild Things Are Activities

Where the Wild Things Are Activities

I’m finally getting around to writing up our last homeschool on the road week – only about three months late!!! It was focused around one of our favorite books with a variety of Where the Wild Things Are Activities. This post contains affiliate links.

I loved Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak as a child and have thoroughly enjoyed sharing it with my daughters. They are both big fans!


We paired Where the Wild Things Are with The Magic School Bus “ups and downs” episode where the class learn about sinking and floating while investigating a report of a monster in a local lake. Once we were at our destination, we did the corresponding activity at Scholastic that helped us see how changing the shape of an object can help it to float. We tested a few items we found by dropping them in a bucket of water and watching to see if they sank or if they floated, then we saw that a ball of modeling clay dropped into a bucket of water sinks to the bottom but when we molded it into a boat shape it floated. We then added beads to our boat one by one to see what would happen when we added weight.
Sink or Float Boat - Mud Hut Mama

It took quite a few beads to finally sink the boat. To tie this into Where the Wild Things Are we made Max’s boat and I even laminated a picture of Max that the girls had colored to stick in the boat but he upset the balance so in the end Max didn’t get to ride in his boat.

Sink or Float - Mud Hut Mama

Language Arts:

The girls made up captions for the pages in the book that show the “wild rumpus.” We talked about what rumpus means and then they went to work drawing and describing what their own wild rumpus would look like.

Draw a Rumpus - Mud Hut Mama

Arts & Crafts:

We used the beads and modeling clay from our sink or float experiment to make and name our very own wild things. They weren’t particularly pretty but I guess Wild Things aren’t supposed to be!

Make Your Own Wild Thing - Mud Hut Mama

I also printed some wild thing coloring pages for the girls to work on in the car. One of these turned into our laminated Max for the sink or float experiment. He is now part of our play dough box.

YouTube Videos:

My girls loved these monster songs:

And we enjoyed watching a short Where the Wild Things Are animation.

It was a pretty low key week but we definitely got some learning in with these activities and my girls enjoyed the monster theme so much that we are currently planning a monster birthday party.

I hadn’t realized until I started looking for activities that there is a Where the Wild Things Are movie. Have you seen it? What did you think?




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  1. I haven’t seen the movie, but someone I know who saw it (can’t remember who) thought it was very strange, and not really for kids.

    I love the activities you came up with! You have very lucky kids 🙂

  2. Heather says:

    I guess you must have been off the road when you did sink and float!

  3. Tracy K says:

    Hi Jody,
    We own a copy of the movie Where the Wild Things Are. My husband disapproves, lol. I will say that if you were to let the girls watch it on their own, they may pick up on the “bad” behaviors. This is why my husband doesn’t
    Ike it….lots of hitting, name calling and general not being nice. However, that being said, it lends an awful lot of points for discussion about feelings and how we treat one another. My 3 year old and I have watched together several times and there have always been plenty of opportunities to talk about being kind, ways we can hurt each other feelings and how our actions impact others. So for that reason I do tend to like it. Yes, it is strange, but lots of lessons- more so than in the book, because you see how Max and the Wild Things treat each other. It really is all about feelings. I would recommend previewing it yourself first.

  4. Lisa Nelson says:

    I love Where the Wild Things are. Someone told me that they didn’t read the book to their kids because they thought it was scary. I think in general, that boy is on the bad side, no?

    Anyway, I like it. I love your activities! I love how you make activities to go with each and every book. I wish I had that kind of energy.

    I think I saw the movie. It came out a while ago, right? I think James Gandolfini was one of the voices (love him). At any rate, I don’t think the wild things are too nice. At least I didn’t get that they were nice from the book. I thought it was good. It wasn’t scary. The boy goes home in the end – so… It all ends happily. 🙂

  5. Jenn says:

    I’ve seen the movie, which I didn’t like despite liking the book. I would recommend you view it before showing the kids – my little one would be too frightened

  6. I have missed your home school posts! I absolutely love your book-related activities. Pinning this as this book is on our wishlist as well.

  7. We enjoyed the book but we’ve never watched the movie. The previews just never grabbed me. Sometimes things should be left to print and not adapted for movie screens. I’d be curious to hear if you ever watch it and what you think.