Friday Games: Mythical Creatures

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  Create your own Mythological Creature

By: Joe

            To me the most fun games require imagination. That’s noimagination girlt to say I don’t enjoy board games or video games, I do, (probably too much), but growing up I had to rely on my imagination more than any tangible items. Using your imagination utilizes important parts of the brain that I feel may be losing popularity in our high-tech world. I know, I sound like an old curmudgeon—by the way, please get off my lawn—but in a world where graphics and special effects are king, imagination has seemed to become more of a vestigial organ than a necessity. So this week, I’m going to tell you about a cool and fun game where imagination regains the throne!

First, pick a real animal. This can be a dog, monkey, horse, or even somewhat human— whatever you’d like.abstract imagine

Second, make two changes to that animal’s body. This can be wings, breathes fire, horns, cuddly fur, whatever!

Next, where does it live? Does it live at the top of the tallest mountain? The bottom of the ocean? Your closet? The mess under the bed?

Now, what does it eat? Is it a carnivore or vegetarian? Is it a strict vegan? Does it subsist purely on the happy thoughts of children?

Next, what does it want or do? Does it dance, play pranks, tell jokes? Does it search for gold? Does it help students finish projects they’ve put off to the last minute?

Lastly, draw your creation and name it!

 

Congratulations! You’ve now created a mythological creature!

(For bonus points make more than one and imagine how they’d interact.)

      Well, that’s it for this week. It’s time for my unicorn army and I to take a nice weekend off. And no, I didn’t just imagine them. Have a great weekend, and let your imagination soar!Griffin

  1. Pam Iken
    Pam Iken04-05-2015

    Joe, Great idea! I’m totally going to try this with my students (look out, kids!). I wholeheartedly agree with you about imagination being a lost art. Let’s bring it back, one mythological creature at a time!
    🙂 Pam
    P.S. Thanks for being my guest blogger!

  2. Jennifer
    Jennifer04-06-2015

    I’m already imagining a mythological creature – a flying unicorn with Joe on it.

    This is a really cool idea – I’m gonna try it with my boys for sure! Thanks!

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