As you may have read in yesterday’s post, we are having a bit of a Dragon fest in our home at the moment. We have started watching the new series “Dragons-Race to the Edge” (a sequel series to How to Train Your Dragon) and as a consequence the littles are ‘flying’ around the house, attempting to train each other. All I can say is – Good luck with that. I’ve been trying to ‘train the two of you for the last 7 years and it still hasn’t worked.
In an attempt to calm them down I decided we could look at the Dragons website and discover more about the world of Dragons-Race to the Edge. The site is wonderfully put together with an encyclopedia of Vikings & Dragons, downloadable activities from the movies & the Netflix show, and an interactive Google Earth map of the Dragon universe.
This formed the basis for my next activity idea. While I wasn’t quite up to mapping the whole universe but I did think we could map Dragons Edge. In ‘Dragons-Race to the Edge’ Hiccup, Astrid, Toothless and all of the other dragon riders discover the ‘Dragons Eye’ a device that shows them all of the hidden worlds and dragon species that exist beyond the island of Beck. They set out to discover these new worlds and land on the Island of Dragons Edge. This becomes their base for the series and has everything from huts for each dragon rider, a training area, the clubhouse, and its own flock of Night Terrors to defend the island.
This is what we came up with:
This is how we did it.
- A cup of strong black coffee
- Shallow tray with rim around edge
- One or two sheets of plain white printer paper
- A pencil
- Allow the coffee to cool & pour into the tray.
- Dip the paper into the coffee, submersing it completely.
- Allow the paper to soak for approx 30 seconds
- Lay the paper in the sun to dry – do not worry if it is crumpled or looks patchy – that adds to the ‘ancient’ look.
- When the paper is dry hold it up to your computer screen and trace the outline of the map from this page
- Fill in the detail, smudging the pencil marks.