Below is a long list of activity ideas and curriculum-linked notes for encouraging creativity, scientific literacy and critical thinking skills. Please feel free use them in the classroom or at home…
Teaching notes and activity ideas…
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.
- Bilingual classroom activity: Monster self-introductions: in English or Japanese hiragana.
Invent and 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: Ask me anything
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.
Wow… You made it all the way down here! I’m thinking you’re the owner of a particularly inquisitive mind. Nice one! Want to spread the creativity-and-curiosity good vibes? Invite me to speak at your next event.