Some ideas for making a creature include combining parts from different animals, altering physical attributes to change a real-world animal, adding technological features and adding fantasy powers. Creating a creature involves giving it a name, a personality and a lifestyle in addition to designing its body.
In National Geographic's "Create a Creature" exercise, students first learn scientific naming conventions for real creatures and how they adapt to their habitats. They then create their own realistic creatures from this information. Creators can draw or write descriptions of their creatures. Creative Bloq advises creators to think about how a monster will behave, move and communicate. Websites such as Blue Planet Diaries and Scholastic offer online games involving creating creatures.