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Where the Wild Things Are

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Libraries are more than books. Some kids need a little direction to get the creative juices flowing. Please add YOUR comments. Your colleagues would appreciate hearing what works, and what didn't!

see also: Literature in the Curriculum;

My Rumpus...Party Guide



b. June 10, 1928

d. May 8, 2012



  • Suggested for ages 5-9 years



  • Headbands with ears (wolf suit)
  • Have your guests dress as a "wild thing."
  • Bugles, (the snack food), can go on the finger tips as claws
  • Crowns could be handed out at the end of the party





  • Sailboat craft
  • Crowns—paper or foam, add jewels, decorations
  • Make a Forest Diorama
  • Wild Things--Clay Creatures--Talk textures and patterns
  • Monster drawings, or puppets
  • Mobile--boat, tree, bed, "Wild Thing," crown
  •  Max or Bernard--(see below)



  • Make a Rumpus—“roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws.” AND freeze when the music stops.
  • Horns, Fangs, Tails and Claws (variation of Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes)



  • Read the book
  • What would your “WILD THING” look like?
  • Would your mythical creature have a special power?
  • How did Max know just how to tame the "Wild Things?"
  • Would you stay if you were king of all "Wild Things?"
  • What would you miss most about your home?
  • Have plenty of coloring sheets and word searches while the children go through the various stations.
  • When the children have reassembled have them play games
  • Serve your refreshments



  • If dealing with younger children, have plenty of help on hand. You can encourage the parent(s) to stay, as this book really is about the parent-child relationship.



  • About an hour to an hour-and-a-half should be sufficient.



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