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Max's Crown of Shapes

This craft was inspired by Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. To learn more about the book and see all our Where the Wild Things Are activities, click here


Encourage your young reader to become the king or queen of the Wild Things by making a crown to wear while presiding over any wild rumpus that might take place. Not only will this crown bestow royal powers over your reader, it will provide a sly way to work on shape recognition as well as give those fine motor skills a workout.

As with Max and his journey, this activity is fueled by imagination so there is no limit to the creativity that can be poured into the process of making this royal headpiece.








Max's Crown of Shapes


  • Construction paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Crayons
  • Containers for tracing


  1. Cut 2 strips of construction paper approximately 2 1/2 inches wide.
  2. Glue one end of each strip together.
  3. Measure the strip around your child’s head, cut off excess, then glue the ends together to make a band.
  4. Encourage your child to choose from around the house to trace to make “jewels” for the crown. Cans, small boxes, and blocks work well. Give your child additional construction paper to tracing the items. Smaller hands may need a little help holding and tracing the items.
  5. Color and cut out the shapes.
  6. Apply glue of each shape and attach to the band.
  7. Let the wild rumpus start!


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Mary C. Nasser

Very cute! I love doing projects with young artists!

Wishing you all the best,
Mary (from BYW Bootcamp)

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