Title of proposed program: Monsters of the World
Audience: Children of any age (tailoring scariness to suit)
Books used: Books that feature curious and fabulous monsters from around the world. For example: BUNYIPS DON´T by Sally Odgers features Australian monsters called bunyips; TALES OF THE TOKOLOSHE by Pieter Scholtz features the African tokoloshe; and THE TANIWHA OF WELLINGTON HARBOUR by Moira Wairama features the Maori taniwha.
– Sheets of paper – Pens and pencils for drawing
Brief outline of program or event:
- Read books about some of the weird and wonderful monsters that exist in mythology from around the world.
- Talk about some of the monsters that exist in Western/European mythology (for example, vampires, werewolves, etc)
- Ask the kids to grab their pens and paper and dream up their own monster. Encourage them to create a monster that is specific to them. Draw the monster and label its attributes. Does it have strong legs for jumping mountains? Does it carry a cake for feeding its friends? Does it wear sunglasses to protect its eyes from the snow?