Icarus, Beeswax and Feathers



So following along with the Sun Theme the Frogs and I have been working on, today we tackled the story of Icarus.  If you ever had a Greek Mythology class you remember Icarus- the guy whose father made him wings from wax and feathers to escape the clutches of the evil King Minos.  Foolish Icarus, not heeding of his father’s warnings to neither fly too high nor too low, gets carried away by the exhilaration of flying and soars too close to the sun, melting his wings and plummeting to his death in the ocean below.  Cheerful story right?  Well, in my experience, the Frogs appreciate a certain darkness to their art and there is definitely a good lesson on listening to this myth.  We read two different versions of the story- one found online via http://www.wegivebooks.org/books/dk-readers-greek-myths/reader and the other from a book we had on the shelf (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Classics+for+Young+Readers+Volume+3A&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3AClassics+for+Young+Readers+Volume+3A).  Then the fun began.

Jelly Bean is gone for the week to soccer camp, so with just the 4 Frogs we made Icarus dolls using flat doll pins, beeswax and feathers.  The Frogs worked to figure out ways to get the beeswax pliable enough to be used for attaching the feather-wings to the dolls.  They also experimented with the joys of chawing a hunk of beeswax like bubble gum.  Then they began trying to figure out the best way to get their feathers onto their dolls.



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Each doll and each method of construction was as individual as the Frog creating it.  Even The Boy made a doll, getting some help from the sister Frogs and even Mama Frog.  Ray Bear turned her Icarus doll into a fairy with beautiful yellow wings, Lizard Breath turned hers into a flying missile and Scoot just wanted to zoom hers around the house.  Now the fun part- to play with the dolls until their wings fall off.  This is not something Ray Bear will do- she is too much of a “keep things neat” sort of Frog, but the other Frogs find demolition to be half the fun of creation.  Icarus is bound to fly and fall again.

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