Today’s Virtual Spring Break is inspired by the release of Onward on Disney+ on Friday, April 3. We will be experiencing mythical worlds.
It is spring break week here in Ann Arbor. But, with stay at home orders in place, no one can travel for the spring break. So we are holding a Virtual Spring Break visiting a different destination or themed set of destinations each day. Be sure to check out our Virtual Spring Break article which will link to each place we have visited and include upcoming destinations.
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Dress Like a Character
My daughter loved the mythology unit that her class did in 5th grade. They had to read mythology from around the world. The unit concluded with a “wax museum” where each student dressed up like a mythical character. She was Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom. We wrapped a white table cloth like a toga and she added an owl and a scroll of learning.
My toddler and preschool aged nieces love unicorns, a mythical creature. They love wearing the unicorn headband and tail that we gave them for Christmas (from Ypsilanti’s Unicorn Supply Shop of course). You can easily make your own unicorn horn from cardboard (a paper towel or toilet paper core, or a wrapping paper core would be good starting points. Ribbon or yarn can make a tail.
After dark on a clear night, head out for some star gazing. The constellations are based on myths. We use the free SkyView Lite app on our iPhones or iPads to help identify the constellations.
Check out Star Stories: Constellation Tales From Around the World on Kindle. It features mythology from around the world as told through the stars.
Virtual Trip to Greece and Rome
The Acropolis in Athens features the Parthenon, a temple dedicated to Athena, and a number of other temples. You can virtually visit the Acropolis Museum with Google Arts & Culture.
The Roman Forum was mostly a marketplace, but also included temples. You can visit through Google Arts & Culture.
Books Featuring Mythology
Rick Riordan’s novels explore various mythologies:
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series – Greek Mythology
- The Heroes of Olympus – Greek Mythology
- The Trials of Apollo – Greek Mythology
- Magnus Chase Series – Norse Mythology
- The Kane Chronicles – Egyptian Mythology
Movies Based on Mythology
Most of what I know about Norse Mythology comes from the Marvel Thor movies and listening to Rick Riordan’s Magnus Chase audiobooks a few years ago.
Mythology based movies include:
- Thor (this probably has the least mythology) – Disney+
- Thor: Dark World – Disney+
- Thor: Ragnarock – Disney+
- Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief – Available to stream from USA Network until 4/17
- Hercules (Animated) – Disney+
- Wonder Woman- Available to stream from TNT until April 15
- Clash of the Titans
- Sword in the Stone – Disney+
- Black Cauldron – Disney+
- The Gods of Egypt – Available to Stream from A&E until April 15
- The Scorpion King
- The Mummy
Foods from Mythology
Ambrosia is the food of greek gods. Check out this ambrosia salad recipe that combines canned pineapple and mandarin oranges, miniature marshmallows, shredded coconut, and sour cream.
Pomegranates feature in the myth of Persephone, a daughter of Zeus and Demeter. After kidnapping Persephone, Hades agrees to let her go, but gives her pomegranate seeds to eat first. Because she ate food in the underworld she is obligated to spend part of the year in the underworld. If you have pomegranates, enjoy some knowing you won’t be sentenced to time in the underworld.
In Norse Mythology, the apples of Idunn are the fruit of eternal youth. Apples were a fruit that we stocked up on, so we have plenty to enjoy a mythical treat.