Lord of the Flies. Just wow. Such a deep look at human nature.
Yeah, most people save it for high school at the earliest. And it’s totally okay if you do that for your kids. It’s a little scary to contemplate what goes on with a bunch of 6-12 year old boys when they’re left to their own devices. It makes us think about our own base instincts and what might happen to us if we were in the same situation.
So maybe it should wait till middle school. But you know me. I don’t believe in reading levels. If you think your kids are old enough for the themes and some of the plot line, then read it with them. It provides such fantastic opportunities to discuss behavior and how we should treat other people.
Lord of the Flies Activities
The boys and I haven’t read this together yet–it’s on our schedule for this spring. But I am nothing if not a planner, so I’ve already come up with a bunch of fun educational ideas to include as we read.
The plane wreck happens in the middle of a war. Considering that the book was written in the ’50s and the boys were being evacuated from Britain, it’s easy to assume it was one of the world wars, probably WWII. Study WWII and the evacuations that occurred in Britain and other European countries.
Study military planes and air battles.
Research the history of hunting. What stage have the boys been thrown back to because of their isolation?
Have your kids set up their own government like the boys try to do in the book. Who would be leader? How would decisions be made? What kind of judicial system would there be?
Do a shell study. Because conch shell.
Study lagoons and other bodies of water that can be found in and around islands.
The parachutist who lands on the island in the book provides a pivotal point in the book, so this is a good extension. Plus, it’s a super fun project.
What you need:
- 20 pieces of 4×4 inch tissue paper in various colors
- 4 12-inch pieces of embroidery string
- One-hole punch
What you do:
- Line up tissue paper squares in a 4×5 rectangle
- Starting at top left, run a thin line of glue along right edge of 1st square
- Line up 2nd square with top of first and glue into place
- Continue gluing row together making sure to keep top line straight
- Starting at left side again, run a glue along the bottom of the 1st top square and line up 1st square of second row with outside edge of top row
- Glue into place
- Run glue along right edge of 1st square of 2nd row and bottom of 2nd square of top row
- Glue next square into place
- Continue gluing second row
- Repeat steps until all 4 rows are complete
- Punch a hole in each corner of the rectangle about 1/2 inch in
- Tie one string through the hole in each corner and knot it.
- Place a small piece of tape over string to strengthen
Pulling up from the corners, gather all 4 strings together and knot 3 inches from bottom of parachute
- Separate the 4 strings below the knot
- Gather 2 strings together and tie into a small loop
- Repeat with remaining 2 strings
- Put action figure’s arms through string loops
- To fly your chute, hold action figure in your hand and toss into the air
- The chute will catch air and float down to the ground
So. much. fun. I swear, it works superbly.
If you didn’t catch the activities for January-August, check out:
- Winnie-the-Pooh’s Very Useful Pot
- Black Beauty’s Felt Childhood Meadow
- Little House on the Prairie’s Craft Stick Log Cabin
- Robinson Crusoe’s Island Journal
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’s Craft Stick Characters
- The Wind in the Willows Summer/Winter Riverside Art Project
- To Kill a Mockingbird Boo Radley Knothole Tree
- Mary Poppins’ Mrs. Corry’s Gingerbread
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