Adventures in Art, Motherhood and Inspirations

Wild Things Paper Mache Project

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Inspiration for the wild thing

One night, Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another. His mother called him “WILD THING!”. And Max said, “I’LL EAT YOU UP!”. So he was sent to bed without eating anything.

That very night…

What happens next is a grasping fiction that attracts adults and children alike. Imagination runs wild in this classic story book from Maurice Sendak. Where the Wild Things Are was first published in 1963 and if it still remains one of the most beloved children’s books, it’s not without reason.

The beautifully illustrated story book demonstrates the little boy’s feelings, emotions and fantasies. The character of Max is easily identified with most children and even adults’ childhood memories. After going on a wild rumpus in his imaginative world, Max wants to return to where he belongs, to his bedroom where he finds supper waiting for him.

Working with Paper Mache

I had always shied away from form art projects, but after reading “Where the wild things are” a couple of times with my son, I couldn’t help choosing a Paper Mache Wild Things project for the next lesson. It was a messy business. But it was less chaotic than I expected. The children behaved remarkably well too, and in 2 sessions, we had our own wonderful wild thing paper mache figures.

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