The Wild Things are one of my absolute favorite art lessons to do. I've done this project every year and I am always thrilled with the amazing wild things the kids create. This year is no exception! We start out by reading Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, and we talk about what a neat job he has as an author illustrator. We also talk about the wild things and how they are similar and different from other living things. When the kids created their wild things drawings, they were sure to include the details that living things need (eyes, nose/beak, mouth, tummy, etc.). They also included at least two patterns on their creatures, and then created environments for them with a background.
Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio lesson plan contest with this lesson my first year. You can find the lesson here!
We also had "wild rumpuses" in each 1st grade class! We chose physical movements and repeated them like patterns to music. I took some really great photos of the kids, and Mrs. Baker is helping me create a Photostory with them...so check back for that soon!