Welcome to the Magic Monster Shop

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!

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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!

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