The most successful activity at the Monsters & Mythology creative writing camp in Yongin, Korea, was the “monster in a bottle” activity. This was my first time doing this workshop, so I was thrilled that the kids loved it so much.
For this activity, each student assembled a bottle of monster “ingredients.” We had a whole selection of supplies for them to choose from, but we implemented the rule that they could only choose three, which I found made them to be more creative. There were bones, fangs, fur, feathers, and even eyeballs!
Once they had collected the material in their bottles, they had to make labels and tags for them. Then they wrote a series of instructions that explained how to “hatch” and care for that creature. The final step was to write a short story about what went wrong when a character didn’t follow the instructions properly after buying their creature from the Magic Monster Shop!