Monday, January 27, 2014

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Mythological Creatures & Poppins Book Nook

Mythological Creatures are fun for preschoolers to play with in so many ways!

As the last Monday in January, today is Poppins Book Nook, and the theme is Greek Mythology.  At Preschool Powol Packets, we focused on Mythological Creatures.  

Here is a short primer on Mythological Creatures:

Centaur:  head and torso of a man, body and legs of a horse

Charybdis:  a sea monster that can make deadly whirlpools when he breathes in

Gorgons:  three sisters with snakes for hair.  Medusa was famous for turning people to stone if they looked at her.

Griffon/Gryphon:  body of a lion with head and wings of an eagle

Hippocampi:  sea creatures that had fronts like a horse and backs like a fish tail

Hydra:  a snake with many heads (actually destroyed by Hercules)

Manticore:  a monster with the body of a lion, a head of a man, and a spike-shooting tail

Phoenix:  a red bird that bursts into flames when it dies and is re-born of the ashes

Satyrs (and satyresses):  human head and torso, goat legs and horns

Sphinx:  body and legs of a lion, head of a woman, and giant wings

Unicorn:  beautiful magical animal that looks like a horse with a horn

Wood Nymphs:  beautiful women who lived in plants

What can you do with mythological creatures in preschool?  

* Paint pictures of their favorite creature!

* Make up stories starring their favorite creature!

* Dramatize stories they made up!

* Use imaginary play to meet some of the fabulous mythological creatures!

* Or, you could find the story of Hercules defeating the Hydra in this fabulous pop up book (affiliate link):

This post is part of the Poppins Book Nook Club!   Be sure to pop over to Enchanted Homeschooling Mom for a Greek mythology book giveaway!!

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Enchanted Homeschooling Mom - 3 Dinosaurs - Monsters Ed - Chestnut Grove Academy - Growing in God's Grace - Life with Moore Babies - Teach Beside Me - The Usual Mayhem - Kathys Cluttered Mind - Adventures in Mommydom - Edventures with Kids - Learning & Growing the Piwi way - A Gluten Free Journey - Preschool Powol Packets - To The Moon and Back - Our Craft ~N~ Things - Fresh Farm Adventures - Are We There Yet? - Afterschool for Smarty Pants - Hopkins Homeschool

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JDaniel4's Mom said...

My son loves to play 20 questions with mythical creatures.