Games and Lesson Plans for Absolutely Not

Games and Activities

Frieda’s Shadow Game
Absolutely Not shadow game

Lately, Frieda’s been seeing shadows of birds everywhere she goes. Help her figure out what the shadows really are!

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Play Frieda’s Shadow Game


Make a Moldy Dog Snack

Absolutely Not log dog

Learn how to make a fun snack inspired by the log the Gloria and Frieda find in the woods. A great rainy day project!

Make a Moldy Dog Snack


Projects and Lesson Plans

Below you will find links to several projects and lesson plans geared around Absolutely Not. They are suitable for a wide variety of grades and class sizes, and include both art and language activities. Each activity can be printed or downloaded for later use.

I’m always on the lookout for new ideas and suggestions, so if you’ve found a good way to incorporate one of my books into the classroom, I’d love to hear about it. In the mean time, have fun with the following projects.

Common Objects Creations

Students learn to look at everyday things in new ways as they use them to construct imaginative objects and creatures.


Ink Blots

Just as Frieda sees faces in clouds, students use their imaginations to spot things in abstract shapes, then turn them into illustrations.


Follow the Map

Students use the map to trace the path of Gloria and Frieda’s adventures. (Note: the PDF version of this project has a higher quality version of the map for using as a handout.)


Optimist/Pessimist Writing and Language Projects

Three projects based on the theme of optimism/pessimism that can be used with individual students or an entire class.