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
- Big scissors or box cutter
- Scrap fabric or ribbon
- Paper plate
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?
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.
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.
Slide into the shadows to meet a few fearsome friends.
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.
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.
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??)
Mystery of the Mothman
It's time to meet the Mothman, a terrifying bird monster with 10-foot wings and glowing red eyes.
It's time to choose your identity: Are you a werewolf or a vampire?
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.
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.
Where did the stories of vampires and werewolves come from? Let's shine a light on these creatures of the shadows.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
Bigfoot must be in pretty good shape, since he's always on the run. Can you keep up?
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.
more to explore
Can't get enough of these legends of the dark? Let's go deeper into the night.
Origin of the Vampire
Explore the folklore surrounding vampires with this awesomely animated TED-Ed video.
The Werewolf Virus
Learn more about where the werewolf myth came from (hint: rabies may have been involved).
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.)