With imagination, anything is possible!
The imaginary creatures of myth and legend are often a combination of real things.
Take the Griffin, for example: the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. Or the manticore: the head of a man, the body of a lion, and the tail of a scorpion!
If you've ever wondered what a dog with the mane of a lion would look like, or a cat with the tail of a pig, then you've already started the work of creature creation.
Inspiration from Science
There are interesting new breeds of animals that are the result of cross-breeding one kind of animal with another:
- Liger (watch a video about ligers)
- Explore animal classification with this video lesson, song, and these in-depth lesson plans from MENSA for Kids
Teens who enjoy debate and deep discussion could explore:
- Some of the controversial issues surrounding the ethics of biotechnology
- How the Search for Mythical Monsters Can Help Conservation in the Real World
Now it's your turn to make up creatures! Combine traits from real or imagined animals to create an entirely new creature or start completely from scratch.
- Check out this video about Myth Match for inspiration
- Craftable creatures
- Make animal crackers
- Use clay as your creative outlet
- Make "create or describe your own mythical creature" a prompt for a Friday Freewrite
- Don't forget to think about what sounds these new creatures make and the details about their personality traits
A bestiary is an encyclopedia of beasts. Bestiaries date back to ancient times and were especially popular in Europe in the Middle Ages. Some were compendia of real and imagined animals; others were full of completely made-up creatures.
Help your kids create their own Bestiaries this month.
- Fill them with the mythical creatures they love plus some of their own making
- Use lapbook techniques, a blank notebook, or simply staple together a few sheets of paper to make collections of old-favorites and newly formed creatures
- Print mythical creature images and tape or glue them into the book
- Encourage your children to draw their own creatures or use other mediums like sculpture, legos, and words to craft new and amazing creatures of legend
A murder of crows! A pandemonium of parrots! Explore collective nouns for animal groups and then have fun making up names for collective groups of mythical creatures! Include these new terms in your bestiary!
Posted March 1st, 2020
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