Edutainment

ed·u·tain·ment

noun \ˌe-jə-ˈtān-mənt, ˌe-dyü-\

: entertainment (as by games, films, or shows) that is designed to be educational

  1. The act of learning through a medium that both educates and entertains.

Educational entertainment (also referred to by the portmanteau “edutainment”, which is education + entertainment[1]) is any entertainment content that is designed to educate as well as to entertain. Content with a high degree of both educational and entertainment value is known as edutainment.

KAOTIC MYTHICALS brings a unique experience to faires & festivals. The activities have been selected, modified &/or created to have an educational impact. We are often the unofficial children’s activities area at events. We don’t just encourage imagination, we also inspire learning in math & science. Each activity we have has an educational element. With Roll The Stones is math, with Rub-A-Bug is natural science, our Petting Zoo is natural science, Mythical Mind is logic, Live Bugs is natural science, Celtic Explorers is geography & world history, our Escape Room is natural science, our Hunker Hauser is physics, and Hula Hoops is also physics. We bring science education to events under the guise of the Fae.

KAOTIC MYTHICALS catches the eyes of visitors as we are not what you are used to seeing in the mundane world by any means or in the realm of Renaissance & Celtic Faires. With our unique characters, we instantly engage the mind of fantasy & play, regardless of age. Within only a few steps on walkabout, we are continually entrapped in soul capturing devices (cameras) and often surrounded by visitors wanting to get up closer to us.  Being that we entertain the mind to wander in the realm of fantasy & mythology, we further that entertainment with our interactions and while we have acquired the attention through entertaining & playing games, we also stimulate the mind with education in 3 main areas:

ECOLOGY

Our main character, The Ent, reminds us all how important our resources on this planet need to be protected. As the protector of the forest, The Ent symbolizes respecting Mother Earth and ensuring we save our forests so future generations beyond will always have them. Our animal friends that live amongst the forest also need our protection. When The Ent is out on walkabout, he reminds children to do what they can to help protect the forest by reducing waste, re-using what can be and recycling to save our landfills. The Ent asks children to do their part by turning off the light switch when leaving the room, don’t leave the water running, and helping to find ways to reduce & recycle throughout their homes and schools. As a reminder and as a thank you to those that do promise to help save our planet, The Ent bestows upon them a small gift of a paper leaf.

MYTHOLOGY

When one of our mythological characters is out and about, he is often called by many a name that is not correct. We play a game with visitors young & old to help them with their mythology. Pan was not a satyr. Pan was a fawn.

What is half man & half goat? A Satyr.

What is half man & half horse? A Centaur.

What is half man & half bull? A Minotaur.

What is half man & half fish? Not a Mermaid, but a Merman.

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Being creatures from the forest from far & away, we are friends with all creatures big & small. In our travels, we find many scared of those they do not understand. We also have found that small things in life are often missed or glanced over. As traveling companions, we bring along live insects for visitors to see, touch and learn about.

The Ent most often has a beautiful African Walking Stick insect riding upon the bark. Most those encountered do not even realize she is there. Our characters point her out for the eyes to see and tell visitors about walking stick insects and the difference between them and their distant cousins, praying mantis. Did you know there are over 3,000 species of walking stick insects on Earth ranging in size from ½ inch to almost 2 feet long?

One of our characters is also known to carry a magnificent Giant Madagascar Hissing Cockroach on walkabouts. Many squirm; several have run away from such a harmless & stupendous specimen. Our troupe engages visitors to pet them to feel their exoskeleton and encourages them to open their hands and their minds to hold one. Did you know that scientists were confused for many years as they appear to give live birth, which no insect does?

At our public pavilion area, we always try to have at least 2 different species of live insects in critter keepers for visitors to see and get more comfortable up close along with other specimens mounted in acrylic.  We have also been known to bring live South American Cave Cockroaches and working on acquiring large millipedes again.

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Within our space at a festival or faire, we bring a small collection of various animal mounts and fur scraps. For many children we see in our space have never seen the majority of the animals in person, let alone on television. We have the visitors actually touch, feel & hold the fur scraps as they try to figure out what animal it came from. We give them clues to discover what animal the fur came from. In our collection of fur scraps is rabbit, bison, skunk, raccoon, beaver, otter, coyote, wolf, fox, ferret, mink, pine marten, lamb, moose, badger, lion, and zebra. The excitement on a child’s face when they guess the animal is truly amazing.