Creating a Hero’s Journey Activity for Kids

Recently I reviewed a wonderful book from author Alexis York Lombard called  The Conference of the Birds.

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Inside this inspiring tale, virtues such as humility, patience, detachment from our worldly goods, and courage are taught and shared through beauty, kindness and encouragement. This book is a fantastic teaching tool regardless of one’s race or religion in developing a moral compass of integrity and compassion. It made me think of The Hero’s Journey.

According to Wikipedia, A Here’s Journey is defined as:  In narratology and comparative mythology, the monomyth, or the hero’s journey, is the common template of a broad category of tales that involve a hero who goes on an adventure, and in a decisive crisis wins a victory, and then comes home changed or transformed.[1]

The concept was introduced by Joseph Campbell in The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949), who described the basic narrative pattern as follows:

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In true Jump Into a Book form, I knew I needed to create a fun Hero’s Journey Activity for Kids

The Hero’s Journey

The Hero's Journey

The Conference of the Birds is a “Journey Myth” or a Hero’s Story. The character of the story, in this case the birds, sets out on an incredible adventure which holds nearly impossible tasks to be accomplished.

Although there is always a destination to arrive at or a road where the journey ends, the hero’s journey isn’t really about place. The hero learns lessons about himself or herself. It’s about how the hero over come their fear, short-comings and losing their negative traits.

The Hero’s Journey has 3 major sections with steps inside each one.

*The first section is the separation from the hero’s usual life. Within this section is the call or invitation to adventure, the refusal of the invitation, and the meeting with the mentor who will guide them through the journey.

*The second section of the journey is the initiation into the trials, challenges, and difficulties. This part of the journey entails crossing the first threshold, enduring tests by allies and enemies, finding new approaches to solving the trials, and facing a major ordeal.

*The third and final section is the Hero’s Return. The Hero returns to his or her former life a changed person. Steps in the final section are the reward, the road back home, the final test known as the Resurrection and the Return.

There are many books and movies which have the hero’s journey as a theme. The Wizard of Oz, The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, Alice in Wonderland, Star Wars, The Hunger Games, and many more.

Go back and read the story finding elements of the hero’s journey in Conference of the Birds.

Who is the mentor in the story ?

  • What invitation doe he make to the birds?
  • What challenge does each bird face?
  • Where are they going?
  • What do they expect to find there?
  • What do they find when they arrive?

Conditions of the Heart Craft and Activity

The Conditions of The Heart

In the Conference of the Birds, each bird has a personal trait that they need to look at, deepen or discard to continue the journey to the Simorgh. Oftentimes we wish to instill values,morals , and character into our children but how do we do this?

This wonderful book is a great tool to teach moral values and conduct.

The following craft and activity is a starting point to building young people who think critically and carefully. The best way to instill this in our children is through conversation. Children act out what they have been modeled. Open communication is a great way to know what your child/children are thinking and it gives us parents the opportunity to share our viewpoint as well.

Something To Do Hero’s Journey Craft:

Supplies:

  • 12 Cut paper hearts or foam hearts.
  • Printed words and questions
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Print out the page with the words and questions.

Tape the word on one side of the heart and the corresponding question(s) on the back side.

How to play:

Put all of the hearts into a box or bag and mix them up. Sitting in a circle, have everyone pick a heart.

One by one share the word on the outside of the heart. Talk about the meaning of the word first.

Next turn the heart over. Answer and discuss the questions.

To download your FREE Conditions of the Heart discussion guide (which can help facilitate your discussions) go HERE.

To download your FREE Conditions of the Heart Words and Questions, go HERE.

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I’d like to say a huge thank you for the kindness of Alexis York Lumbard and her family for providing a copy of The Conference of the Birds for my family to enjoy. Opinions expressed are purely my own.

****Some of these links are affiliate links. That means if you click and buy, I may get a very small commission. This money goes towards postage and supplies to keep books and ideas in the hands of young readers!

The day has come! The much-anticipated release of  Ascension by Hannah Rials is finally HERE!

Enter this world of vampires, set in the south, and realize you are being pulled in more—and deeper—with each page.

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Steeped in the mystery, intrigue and rich history of New Orleans and the secretive world of the Deuxsang, teen vampire, Cheyenne, and her forbidden love, Eli, embark on a very different, and vastly more dangerous, journey as the net of betrayal tightens around them. This intense and fresh novel is enchanting, engrossing and impossible to put down right up to the cliffhanger ending. Remember, the end is not the end.

What an extraordinary debut novel with new and intriguing twists on vampires—a strong female protagonist as one. I already can’t wait for book two.-Jill Murphy Long, author of The Conduit

This book is by the far the BEST YA/Adult fiction that I’ve read in a very long while. So exciting!-Rebecca F

The wait is over-Ascension is here! Thrilling and entertaining, like the experience on a crazy roller coaster. Hannah has grown into the most amazing writer. Watching her journey has been as much fun as holding the book in my hands. A “must read” for YA and thriller fans!-Valarie B

 

Grab your copy of Ascension HERE and visit Hannah on Facebook, Twitter and on her website.

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