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Teaching notes, classroom ideas and activities…
Activity ideas involving Japanese mythology and creative writing:
- Monster memory game
Illustrated with scary artwork from 18th Century artist Toriyama Sekien, this monster memory game will test your memory and introduce you to some of the more obscure mythical creatures in Japan.
- Creative writing prompts
Can you write a new ending to these traditional Japanese ghost stories? Download worksheets for MUJINA and THE MIRROR AND THE BELL story starters, both from 1903 text Kwaidan.
- Monster self-introductions: in English or Japanese hiragana.
Invent and introduce a monster to your friends.
- Hiragana word search
Test your hiragana knowledge and find the demons. Download a PDF of the worksheet and separate answers.
- Papier mache daruma
Make a papier mache daruma and learn about a daruma’s eyes.
- Colouring in sheets
Colour in a watery kappa or a firey hannya.
Science writing and journalism
When I’m not writing fiction, I get busy as a journalist, science writer and magazine editor. You can check out some of my articles and encourage your kids to ask me anything about being a journalist.