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DAY 5

Legendary Lands and Creatures

Creatures of the Night

On our final day, we introduce you to the last set of mythical creatures that you probably wouldn't have minded skipping! They are the ones that lurk in the shadows and darkness of night. From well-known nocturnal monsters like vampires and werewolves to the newer Chupacabra and Mothman creature, be prepared to be amazed—and even a little frightened. These night-loving creatures have the potential to add some spooky elements to your world. Just remember that they aren't real—right?

what you’ll need

  • A computer, tablet, or mobile phone and access to the internet
  • Cardboard
  • Posterboard
  • Big scissors or box cutter
  • Pencil
  • Scrap fabric or ribbon
  • Paper plate
  • Stapler

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FOR PARENTS

Ask About Today

Which creature did you enjoy learning about more, a vampire or a werewolf? What is one interesting fact you learned about each creature?

Dinner Discussion

I know that you've been hard at work creating your own mythical world! Can you tell me about the creatures in it and your story? How does it end?

Skip the Ads

Unfortunately, online videos often start with short advertisements. Remind your campers to click the "Skip" button as soon as they can to move ahead to the video.

Content Warning

Today we'll be exploring legendary creatures and monsters that some kids may find scary. You may want to skip some activities if your child is younger or more sensitive.

explore

15-30 minutes

Slide into the shadows to meet a few fearsome friends.

01

The Legend of Dracula

Count Dracula is one of the most infamous vampires in the world. Take a look at how he became a legend in this video from PBS.

WATCH

Remember: Online videos often start with advertisements. (Annoying, we agree!) Click the "Skip" button as soon as you can to move ahead to the video.

02

Types of Werewolves

You probably have heard of the Wolfman and think that there is only one, but there may be a werewolf living near you! (Wait, what??)

03

Mystery of the Mothman

It's time to meet the Mothman, a terrifying bird monster with 10-foot wings and glowing red eyes.

create

45-60 minutes

It's time to choose your identity: Are you a werewolf or a vampire?

01

Team Werewolf

If you want to join your fellow werewolves and howl at the moon, grab a paper plate, scissors, tape, markers and a stapler. Then check out this video on how to make a werewolf mask with Corina Bona, a professional prop maker.

02

Team Vampire

According to legend (and maybe Hollywood), vampires are able to transform into stealthy black bats at will. Today let's make your bat — out of paper.

CHECK IT OUT

Pro tip: You'll need a square sheet of paper. Here's how to make one.

03

Complete Your Land of Legends

It's the moment you've been waiting for all week. It's time to put together your mythical world like Hogwarts or the Shire! Grab your poster board, any left-over craft materials, and some markers, crayons, or colored pencils. Look back over some of your favorite videos and Create activities from this week, draw your land, and add in your mythical creatures any way you like! We'll revisit this later on in today's Move section!

Pro tip: No poster board? No problem. Just tape together four sheets of paper to make one large rectangle.

For younger explorers

Paper Plates of the Night

Check out this website to learn how to make a paper plate vampire! (Or if you prefer werewolves, try this version.)

read

15-30 minutes

Where did the stories of vampires and werewolves come from? Let's shine a light on these creatures of the shadows.

01

Monsters or Medical Conditions?

What if Dracula was just a pale guy with a blood disorder? The myths behind many of our most legendary monsters, including vampires and werewolves, may have come from people misunderstanding real-life health conditions and diseases.

02

Tale of the Chupacabra

Follow along with the investigation of the mysterious Chupacabra, a vampire-like creature first reported in Puerto Rico in the late 1990s.

READ

Content warning: This story includes images and accounts that some kids may find scary. Skip it if your child is younger or more sensitive.

For younger explorers

The Story of Dracula

Check out this read-aloud on the story of Dracula.

For younger explorers

How Many Big Werewolves??

A bunch. And they're jumping. In a tree. (We'd stay away from those woods.)

play

30-45 minutes

01

Werewolf Detective

Ready for a challenge? Become a detective and try this werewolf riddle! A piece of paper and scissors might be handy for solving this one.

02

Sun for the Vampire

The sun is so beautiful and warm... if only the vampire could see it for himself. Help him out in this online puzzle game.

move

15 minutes

Bigfoot must be in pretty good shape, since he's always on the run. Can you keep up?

01

Bring Your Legends to Life

How is your world of legend poster board shaping up? Once you've got your setting and your creatures in place, use this time to try acting out or telling the story of your world and the creatures in it. (Maybe you can even use some skills from Movie-Making Magic week to capture it on film!) There is no limit to what you can do when you are the master of a brand new universe.

Share it! Ask a parent to take a photo or video of your world of legend and share it with us on Instagram or via email.

more to explore

30-60 minutes

Can't get enough of these legends of the dark? Let's go deeper into the night.

01

Origin of the Vampire

Explore the folklore surrounding vampires with this awesomely animated TED-Ed video.

02

The Werewolf Virus

Learn more about where the werewolf myth came from (hint: rabies may have been involved).

03

Visit Dracula's Castle

Take a look around Bran Castle in Transylvania, the inspiration for Dracula's castle in Bram Stoker's classic tale. (Just be back before sundown.)

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