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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?