The best laid plans of kids and creatures . . .

Krake Hatchery.In my ongoing attempt to coax my students to write using the five senses, I introduced a new activity this week to my creative writing class: Dragon Eggs!

We had just finished reading Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville, so the connection was obvious. And, of course, there are plenty of eggs in the Kendra Kandlestar books that I could point to as inspirational examples for my students.

You might remember the story of the dragon’s egg from The Box of Whispers, or that rather horrific setting of Queen Krake‘s hatchery in The Shard from Greeve, where hundreds of giant eggs were waiting to crack open in a massive incubator. (By the way, that’s nothing compared to the egg scene you will discover in the forthcoming Kendra book!)

Of course, it’s one thing to come up with an idea for an activity, and quite another to deliver it. I poked around the internet for some different egg-decorating techniques, and finally came up with a hybrid idea involving hot glue guns, metallic acrylic paint, and hollowed out eggs. Thankfully, I also had plenty of fairy dust left over from my Magic Potions class, so that went into my kit as well. Then, of course, I made up a worksheet and collected some photos and video clips to for extra inspiration.

You can view the results for yourself. Each student went home with his or her eggs, ready to write a story about what will happen when it hatches. What do you think? Would YOU want to be around when these enchanted eggs crack open?

Dragon Eggs

Dragon Egg.

Dragon Eggs

Dragon Egg

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