Review: My Pet Monster Craftivity on Teachers Pay Teachers
The My Pet Monster craftivity is a free
download available on Teachers Pay Teachers. The crafty learning activity is
a combination of writing assignment and craft project, hence the name
“craftivity." Students are given cut-out worksheets to create their own pet
monster for the craft portion of the activity, and the learning portion offers
a creative writing assignment with different options that can be tailored to a
student or classroom’s interests or writing level. The activity packet is
targeted to students in first through fourth grades.
The writing activity has a worksheet with a
writing prompt, a brief list of possible adjectives for students to consider
when describing their monster, and space for young handwriting to capture all
the important details. The task of describing their new monster pet encourages
students to use their imagination to assign attributes and interests.
Instructions for the teacher also suggest that students write an open-ended
paragraph describing their monster rather than using the prepared worksheet,
thus offering more of a challenge for advanced writers and the opportunity to
practice descriptive writing without the structure of a template.
The monster templates contain cut-out shapes
that are suitable for children who are just learning how to use scissors. The
activity would be easy for teachers to prepare, and because it involves colored
construction paper, there is an opportunity for children to exercise their
budding artistic vision in addition to their creative writing abilities.
Overall, the activity provides teachers with a fun,
cute way to have their students practice important physical skills along with
their imaginations. The activity is very “kids crafty," which some wary
teachers may regard as not having much value academically or artistically, but
this particular activity is a good combination of tasks that will build
concentration, hand strength, and creative writing abilities while producing
something visually interesting. The caliber of the craft itself is the kind of
creative project that may find its way into student scrapbooks or on family
You can download your own copy of the My Pet
Monster craftivity here.
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