The mystery of the Loch Ness monster has fascinated people for generations. Your child might already have heard bits and pieces about this famous water creature.You can teach her about this famous legend through entertaining activities that also provide her with information on the facts surrounding "Nessie," as the alleged monster is affectionately called.
Loch Ness Monster Reading
Read books to your child that talk about the legend of the Loch Ness monster. For children age five and older, "Nessie the Loch Ness Monster," by Richard Brassey, weaves a magical and humorous tale about the Loch Ness monster, using some factual information on Loch Ness. For kids age eight and older, "The Loch Ness Monster," by David Schach, delves into the many sightings and myths that have made the Loch Ness monster a worldwide legend.
Loch Ness Monster Crafts
Make simple Loch Ness monster art and craft projects with your child. Use pictures from books to help her draw the Loch Ness monster on construction paper. Have her color the monster in and cut it out. Help your teen draw the Loch Ness itself with the Scotland mountains in the background on poster board, then paste the monster into the picture using non-toxic school glue. You can also give your child non-toxic modeling dough that will harden after air drying. Help your child shape it into a Loch Ness-shaped monster, then allow her to paint it any way she would like. Let it sit on newspaper to harden overnight.
Loch Ness Monster Games
Play entertaining games with your child and her friends with a Loch Ness monster theme. For one game you can have one child pretend to be the Loch Ness monster and hide somewhere in the yard. The other kids are hunting the monster, who must try to get to a certain safety zone without getting tagged by one of the hunters. If the Loch Ness monster is caught, the game starts again with the person who caught him as the new monster. For another game, hide several cardboard cut-outs of the Loch Ness monster in various places in the yard. The child that can find the most monsters wins.
Loch Ness Monster Writing
Have an older child write down a list of factual and fictional stories surrounding the Loch Ness monster, including information about the actual loch in Scotland and the first claimed sightings and pictures. Ask your child to write down her own conclusions on whether the story of the Loch Ness monster could be true and what she thinks could be the real explanation of these sightings. For another writing activity, have your child come up with a short story about a mythical creature in a real location. Have her write it like a news story, as if she were a reporter telling a first-hand account of the sighting.