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DAY 2

Legendary Lands and Creatures

Fantastical Flying Beasts

Flying creatures are some of the most beloved creatures from mythology. You may have cheered for Pegasus in Disney’s Hercules, rooted for Toothless the Night Fury from How to Train Your Dragon, or fallen in love with Falkor from The Never-ending Story, but each creature can be unique in their history, and even downright scary at times. Today, we’ll meet a few, and you’ll decide if they fit in your story!

what you’ll need

  • A computer, tablet, or mobile phone and access to the internet
  • Construction paper
  • Markers or colored pencils
  • Empty toilet tissue roll
  • Tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue or tape
  • An old egg carton (optional)
  • Craft materials like scrap fabric, googly eyes, pompoms, and ribbon (optional)

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FOR PARENTS

Ask About Today

After everything you've learned, which winged creature did you enjoy learning about the most, and why?

Dinner Discussion

A griffin is a legendary creature with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. If you were combining two animals into a new creature to guard a treasure, which two animals would you choose and why?

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.

explore

15-30 minutes

What are we waiting for? Let's talk about dragons.

01

History of the Dragon

Nearly every civilization has folklore that mentions the existence of the most recognizable creature of all time: the dragon! Join Dr. Emily Zarka as she examines their history.

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

Like Dragons? You'll Love Griffins

Like dragons, griffins are fantastical flying creatures known for protecting treasure. Unlike dragons, they are half eagle and half lion. Learn more on this snippet of Legendary Creatures.

03

And Don't Forget Hippogriffs

Hippogriffs are another flying creature, with the most famous being BuckBeak from Harry Potter. Click here to meet Fluffclaw... but approach slowly!

04

Finally, the Phoenix

Have you ever heard of a bird whose tears can cure any wound or affliction? Look no further; let's meet the phoenix.

create

45-60 minutes

It's time to make some dragons. Today, we've got two options for you. Choose the one you like best, or tackle both if you have time!

01

Become a Fire-Breather

Get ready to breathe fire as if you were a dragon yourself. You'll need a cardboard tube (like from an old toilet paper or paper towel roll), glue or tape, tissue paper, colored pencils or crayons, and googly eyes (if you have them). Check out the full directions and feel free to add your own special touches.

02

Make a Model Dragon

If you'd rather create a model dragon, you can start here. You'll need an empty egg carton, scissors, glue, markers, other craft materials, and paint and a paintbrush (if you've got them).

03

Which Flying Beasts Will Be in Your Story?

So far, you've learned a lot about flying creatures! Reflect on which mythical creatures you enjoyed learning about today and which ones might make an appearance in your story. Similar to yesterday, grab your story map and add more details. Remember, this is just a brainstorm so let the ideas flow!

read

15-30 minutes

01

Dragons in Chinese Culture

The dragon is one of the most recognizable symbols in Chinese culture. It was believed to bring wisdom, power, and luck. Read about their history, and think about whether your flying creature will be beloved—or feared.

READ

Pro Tip: Tap the play icon at the top of the article to listen to an audio version.

02

What Makes a Dragon Happy?

In this short story, there’s only one good way to keep a dragon happy. See if you can guess before reading.

For younger explorers

When a Dragon Moves In

You know you're in for some trouble. Read along to find out what happens when a dragon moves in.

For younger explorers

And What If It Happens Again?

Want more? Read along with the follow-up book, When A Dragon Moves In Again!

play

45-60 minutes

Ice dragons, fire dragons, water dragons—and now, digital dragons.

01

Dragons in the Code

If you're ready to go on an epic quest, look no further! You can avoid foes and hunt for treasure by programming your dragon through code. Try out "Dragon Dash" with an Hour of Code now.

For younger explorers

Play Catch Like a Dragon

Did you know that people once thought dinosaur bones came from dragons? Fly along and play catch with our favorite flying duo from Dinosaur Train, Buddy and Jackson, and learn a few new tricks along the way!

move

30-45 minutes

We got those moves like dragon, got those moves like dragon...

01

Dragon Dance Moves

In legends, dragons are often connected to the elements (like earth, air, fire, and water) and dragon dances are a traditional part of many Chinese festivals. But what if dragons danced to TODAY's music? Start by choosing your favorite 2-3 types of dragons, then make up each dragon's most amazing, show-stopping dance move. When you're done, put on your favorite song and try them out!

02

Dragon Walking

Here's a challenging workout move called the Dragon Walk... try it still, first, and then try "walking." How far can you get? A few steps? All the way down the hallway?

For younger explorers

Dragons Love Yoga

Ready to chill out, dragon style? Try this Cosmic Kids workout with a dragon twist!

more to explore

30-60 minutes

Learn more about other mythical beasts of the air.

01

The Story of Pegasus

Meet Pegasus, a horse with wings and a pure heart. He's one of the most renowned creatures in mythology, and you may have seen him in Disney’s Hercules! He is said to be the son of Medusa and Poseidon.

02

Meet a Real Dragon

Join our friends at the Chester Zoo for a virtual experience with a REAL dragon—a Komodo Dragon.

03

Facts about Fantastical Flyers

This short article from the American Museum of Natural History explores a few fun facts about mythical beasts of the air throughout history.

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