Harbor and Sprout

Mythology Nature Study


These lessons are included in our Mythology Elementary Unit. 

Discover the fascinating world of Egyptian Mythological Creatures in this in-depth, engaging nature study by Jacqueline Marr of Books and Willows. This study includes four modules:

    Module 1: The Nile Crocodile and the Sobek

    • Discover how the Nile crocodile is uniquely adapted to life in the river as its apex predator.
    • Explore the role of Sobek, Lord of the Nile and crocodiles, in Egyptian myth.
    • Paint a portrait of Sobek on your own
      'papyrus' paper.
    • Conduct an experiment to see the significance of the Nile's seasonal floods.
    • Celebrate the crunching power of a crocodile with our 'munching' craft.

    Module 2: The Cat and the Bastet

    • Explore the role of the domestic cat in Egyptian society.
    • Learn how cats are uniquely adapted to life as a huntress!
    • Meet the cat-headed Egyptian deity, Bastet, and identify her role in myth.
    • Sculpt a Bastet-inspired statue.
    • Create a sistrum, Bastet's favorite instrument.
    • Discover the secret behind a cat's agility with our cat spine model.

    Module 3: The Ibis and Thoth

    • Discover how the sacred ibis is uniquely adapted to life in the marsh and explore the physics behind their migratory v-formation.
    • Explore the role of Thoth, the god of writing, magic, and knowledge, in Egyptian myth.
    • Learn how to write your name in hieroglyphs on a cartouche.
    • Be Thoth's apprentice and begin a collection of daily scrolls.
    • Create a flying ibis craft.

    Module 4: The Jackal and Anubis

    • Meet the Egyptian jackal and discover its unique adaptations for life in the desert.
    • Explore the role of the jackal-headed deity, Anubis, the Egyptian god of mummification and Lord of the Afterlife.
    • Conduct a mummification experiment.
    • Sculpt a sacred Anubis mask like those worn by the embalming priests.
    • Discover how jackal teeth are designed for their scavenger diet and compare it with our own.

    This study may be completed over the course of one month with one module per week, or more quickly or slowly depending on personal preference. This is a digital download and files will be delivered via email upon purchase. Enjoy your adventure!