A talisman is an object that can contain magical properties and will protect its owner from bad luck, harm, or even evil. Centered around The Monkey's Paw, by W.W. Jacobs, this writing activity encourages your child to think about the consequences of his actions. Challenge your kid to come up with something he might wish for if he had the opportunity. What would the consequences be if his wish came true? To add an artistic component to the activity, have your wishful thinker create a creepy monkey paw talisman. It may look scary, but it also contains the power to protect, or grant wishes.