Legendary Lands and Creatures
Building Mythical Worlds
A myth is a story that explains mysterious events and often describes the adventures of magical characters who have supernatural powers. Myths have origins all over the world, but many of them have only survived the test of time because of powerful storytelling. Today we’ll see what makes an awesome mythical world and put you on the path to creating the next Narnia or Atlantis!
Ask About Today
Which mythical creature did you enjoy learning more about today? Why? Tell me more about your favorite creature.
If we could get ONE mythical pet, what would you name it and how would it look?
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What's the secret formula for a fantastical world? Let's start with one key ingredient: A big imagination.
Favorite Fantasy Worlds
Fantasy worlds and mythical creatures go together like peanut butter and jelly! Your world and its creatures can be as wacky or whimsical as you’d like them to be. In this video, you’ll see just how far some filmmakers and writers were willing to go to bring their worlds to life.
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Centaurs, Minotaurs, and More!
Mythical creatures have origins all around the world, and many of them have mixed or "hybrid" animal/human features (like the Centaur, which has the torso of a human and the body of a horse). In this video, you'll learn more about some of the most popular ones.
Miyazaki’s Magical Lands
In Japanese director Hiyao Miyazaki’s beautifully animated worlds, castles grow legs and walk, mountain trolls show up at the bus stop, and creatures of fire use their powers to make breakfast. See how he inspires our imaginations in this short BBC video.
The Giants' Causeway
Many myths and legends come from mysteries of nature that were later explained by science. In Ireland, a magical place filled with unusual rock formations led to the legend of an epic fight between giants. Learn more about it—and the real explanation behind it—in this brief video.
Glacial Lakes or Giant Footprints?
The beginning of your mythical world starts today with a little brainstorming and then design!
Plan Your Own Legendary Land
This week, you'll be creating your own legendary land, filled with fantastical creatures and mythical beasts. Start by recreating this "story map" on your own paper. Think about the main details, like where your story will take place, who the hero or heroine is, and what problem they are trying to solve. Don’t worry too much about other characters and creatures right now. You’ll be learning about so many this week and the special powers they have to help your story.
Draw Your World
Once you’re all done, grab your construction paper and use your markers or colored pencils to sketch what your world looks like! Here's some inspiration. Think of it as a rough draft to get your imagination working. Later this week, you'll use a larger sheet of paper or poster board to collect creatures and bring your land to life.
If exciting worlds haven't got your heart racing already...
Take a Jog in Unicorn Land
Get ready to move your body with the Kids Coach in mythical Unicorn Land. (Just keep clear of those pointy horns.)