Legendary Lands and Creatures
(Gasp!) Did someone say Bigfoot?! Many have hunted for Bigfoot or the Yeti of the Himalayas for years and insist that they've witnessed these secretive creatures. Some even claim to have evidence that they exist. Today, we'll examine footprints and hear first-person accounts of these sightings to determine for ourselves what's in the woods. Let's get hairy!
what you’ll need
- A computer, tablet, or mobile phone and access to the internet
- Pens, crayons, markers, or colored pencils
- Poster board
- Big scissors or box cutter
- Scrap fabric or ribbon
Ask About Today
Tell me about your design for a Bigfoot or Yeti trap. What makes it special? Why do you think it will be successful in catching one?
Would you rather have way too much hair or no hair at all? Why?
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Before you can truly decide if you believe in the existence of Yetis or the infamous Bigfoot, we’ve got to start researching the facts. Get started with these short videos to learn more about supposed sightings of these legendary creatures.
Get ready to explore Bigfoot sightings using this interactive Google map showing where people claim to have spotted the creature. Are any of them in your state?
Bigfoot of the Snow?
Join Dr. Mark Evans from National Geographic as he explores the legend of a possible Bigfoot relative—the Yeti.
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Tour the Bigfoot Museum
A Bigfoot Museum? (Okay, "Sasquatch Museum"—that's Bigfoot's other name.) Don't mind if we do!
There have been so many claimed sightings of Bigfoot and Yeti over the years, but no one has ever caught one (not that we know of, at least). Today, you get to try your hand at designing a Bigfoot trap that might finally do the trick.
Engineering Your Trap
To create your Bigfoot trap, you're going to need to think like an engineer. But what does that even mean? Grab a piece of paper and a pencil and start with a crash course on engineering.
Sketch Your Bigfoot Trap
Now that you're thinking like an engineer, get ready to sketch your ideal "trap" for Bigfoot or a Yeti. If you want some inspiration, click here to see one that was built in Oregon in 1974. Remember, engineers follow these four steps to solve problems: Ask, imagine, create, improve. Our problem is that no one has proof that Bigfoot or Yetis exist, and nobody's had any luck catching them!
Make Tracks to Your Legend Map
Bigfoot and Yetis, oh my! We only have one more day left of mythical creatures, and your own legend should be nearly complete. You may want to create space on your poster board for Bigfoot and draw the setting for your world around it, or you may want to show Bigfoot in his habitat on a separate piece of paper. It's up to you! Is there enough room in your legendary world for these creatures?
For younger explorers
Add Some Color to Abominable
The Dreamworks animated film Abominable tells the story of Yi, a teenager who finds a lovable yeti on top of her apartment building. Pick a printable and color in your favorite characters!
There are many names for these creatures: Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Yetis, the Abominable Snowman. How did all of these myths and legends get started? Let’s take a look back in history to find some origin stories.
Learn more about how a small news article in 1954 led to the legend that is now Bigfoot.
History of the Yeti
Check out this National Geographic article to review what we know about the Yeti from as far back as 300 BC.
Let's Talk Sasquatch
In this NPR article, you can read or listen as the hosts discuss the myth of Sasquatch.
Hugags and Gumberoos!
People have been seeing strange things in the wild for a long time. Meet some of the craziest creatures described by lumberjacks in the 1800s, from hidebehinds to gumberoos.
For younger explorers
The Boy Who Cried... Bigfoot?
Read along with this story The Boy Who Cried BigFoot, by Scott Magoon.
For younger explorers
The Bigfoot Mystery
Join a few other kids as they read The Bigfoot Mystery.
You'll need to do a bit of preparation for this game, but it will be totally worth it.
Step 1: Make Some Big Feet
It's time to create your "feet" for a Bigfoot race! You'll need cardboard, some scraps of fabric, string or ribbon, scissors and a pencil. Check out the link for step by step directions. If you've got extra materials, make a second (or third) pair of Bigfoot feet for family members.
Be safe! Be careful cutting cardboard. You may need a grownup's help for this step.
Step 2: Run Bigfoot Run!
Now it's time to see if you're able to move around just like Bigfoot! If you only have one pair, try walking, jumping, or kicking a ball around. If you've made a few pairs of feet, have a race with your family members! May the fastest Bigfoot win!
Be safe! We recommend practicing your Bigfoot moves and races on carpet or grass, in case you trip on those big toes.
Bigfoot must be in pretty good shape, since he's always on the run. Can you keep up?
You'll never see Bigfoot inside, so embrace the natural outdoors (if you can) and join our favorite gym teacher Joe for an intense workout. Don't forget your water! Go through it twice, if you've got enough energy.
more to explore
An Expert on Bigfoot
Renowned primatologist Jane Goodall shares her thoughts on if Bigfoot exists.
Watch Mighty Joe Young
Is it Bigfoot or Sasquatch?
What's in a name? Read this article to learn more about these creatures' similarities and differences.