Young learners love to draw creatures such as monster or aliens. If you celebrate Halloween at your school, your classroom walls should be filling up with scary, creepy, and silly creatures by now. Here’s a fun activity to get your students into the Halloween spirit. It will also help your students practice listening, speaking, and giving instructions. You don’t have to tell your little monsters that they are also learning prepositions of place!
1. Invite all of your students to draw a colorful monster or alien on a blank sheet of paper. They shouldn’t show any of their classmates. (Have them open up a big book around their drawing to make a little secret cave as they draw.) Tell your students they should use as much detail as possible. (See vocab list below.) If you have some spooky music, play it while the kids draw. The “Monster Mash” is a fun song to put on. If you want to speed up the drawing portion of this activity, tell students they have to put their crayons or markers down as soon as the music ends.
2. Put your students in pairs or small groups. They should bring their secret drawing hidden in a book or behind their back. They must not show their partner.
3. Give all of the students another blank sheet of paper. Tell students to take turns being the artist and the describer. They will take turns describing their monster or alien to their partner.
4. As Student A describes the monster or alien, Student B listens and tries to draw it. Student A should try not to look at Student B’s drawing until it’s complete. (The little monsters will likely sneak a peek.)
5. When the first description is finished, Student B should show Student A the monster or alien he/she drew. Student A will then show Student B the original monster or alien.
6. Have students compare the “original” art to the “imitation/knockoff”.
7. Make sure that students switch roles so that both get a chance to be the artist. Have them compare their original monsters as well. How do their monsters differ? How are they similar?
Useful words and phrases to write on the board:
Nouns (for monsters and alien body parts)
Adjectives (for describing monsters and aliens)
Prepositions and phrases (for giving drawing instructions)
on the right
on the left
at the side
in the middle
on the top
at the bottom
My monster has two horns on the top of his head.
Verbs (for giving drawing instructions)
Add two horns at the side of its head. Give the alien a moustache.
Comparing words (for comparing monsters/aliens)
Your monster is bigger than mine. | My monster’s ears are uglier than yours.
Example artist instructions
If your students like this activity, check out Sprout English’s Drawing section in the Project Depot. We hope you’ll also try our activity of the week!
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