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Kane Chronicles Series Activities for Kids: Poppins Book Nook

This month the Poppins Book Nook is about Wizards. I looked up the definition to make sure that my book choice was appropriate.

Wizards, Sorcerers and Magicians, Oh My!

wiz·ard  (wzrd)


1. One who practices magic; a sorcerer or magician.
2. A skilled or clever person: a wizard at math.
3. Archaic A sage.

Wizards (or Magicians) in Rick Riordan’s Kane Chronicles

Ah, a magician is part of the definition. Phew! My son and I have been reading Rick Riordan’s books since the fall. We finally finished the last one this week. It was the third and final book of The Kane Chronicles, The Serpent’s Shadow (The Kane Chronicles, Book Three).
For this Poppins Book Nook, we are  have Kane Chronicles series activities for kids.  You can use any of the chapter books but do read the books in order. If the chapter books are too daunting, try the Audio Book or the graphic novel of The Red Pyramid, The Kane Chronicles, Book One: The Red Pyramid: The Graphic Novel
This is the graphic novel. The characters look much older than they are in the chapter book but the graphic novel is great to draw in reluctant readers.
My mom friend Laurie raves about Riordan audio books. They are expensive though. Try your public library. If you have access, a library for the seeing impaired will also have it.
Sadie Kane and her brother Carter discover that they are godlings, descendants of the ancient Egyptian Pharaohs with the ability to channel the power of the ancient gods. Sadie is tied to Isis, the goddess of magic. Carter has affinity for Horus, god of the Pharaoh. That’s the good news. The bad news is that:
  • Their parents appear to be dead. Mum in a blast at Cleopatra’s Needle. Dad trapped in a golden sarcophagus at the British Museum.
  • The world is in a battle of chaos versus order and chaos in the form of a gigantic snake named Apophis, appears to be have the upper hand.
  • The other magicians around the world want to destroy the Kanes.
  • Ra the sun god needs to lead the attack against chaos, but he appears to be senile

Ancient Egyptian Gods: Which One Are You?

The three chapter books are not as popular as Riordan’s Percy Jackson series but we enjoyed them just as much. It could be that Ancient Egyptian mythology is not as well known as Greek or Roman so it’s more challenging for kids to follow. Rick Riordan has a helpful guide to the Egyptian gods.

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The god of the sun, Ra was the first pharaoh of the world, back in the days when gods inhabited Egypt. From Rick Riordan’s website.

My son and I enjoyed comparing them to the Greek gods, but I found a game where you can discover which Egyptian god you are from QuizFarm.

Here are some of the questions:

do you feel the laws today are in place for a good reason? Disagree       Agree
do you enjoy astrology? Disagree       Agree
do you believe in truth? Disagree       Agree
do you think everything needs order? Disagree       Agree

Answer the 33 questions to discover your inner Egyptian god. Perhaps you are a godling too!

I scored as Thoth who is the God of knowledge, hieroglyphs and wisdom.

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Image of Thoth from Rocket to Luna

Thoth is the god of wisdom, letters, the recording of time, science, magic, the scribe at the divine court. He is depicted as ibis-headed, often carrying a scribes pallet or a papyrus. He is said to be self- created before creation, the one who gave Ptah the Word that caused everything to come into being. He is also seen as a moon- god, possibly because he won the five sacred days of the year from the moon-god Khonshu in a game of draughts. Your Symbols: ibis, baboon, writing palette and reed pens.


Craft for The Kane Chronicles: Paint a Stick to Make Your Own Magic Wand or Staff

In the Kane Chronicles series, magicians have a lot of paraphernalia to cast spells. They use clay and wax to make figurines. They have staffs, wands, crooks and flails. And there are all different types of magic from healing magic to earth magic to chaos magic.

With all the Riordan books, my son and I were left feeling like 1) we could be half god or house a god, 2) we might have undiscovered magical powers, and 3) we just need some training to find out.

Make your own wand or staff and maybe you will discover magical powers within you! We are still working on polishing ours.

Painted Sticks from Anne With an E. Aren’t hers gorgeous?

painted stick wand craft

These are ours.

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. I love the painted sticks! I did the quiz & I am Isis 🙂
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  2. Love the Egyptian mythology game! I find it just as fascinating as Greek or Roman mythology. As far as wizards go, I still don’t understand why and fantasy books in general are so popular with kids. Guess I was personally just never into that genre.

  3. Asianmommy

    My daughter has read every one of those books. I’m glad she’s learned so much about mythology. She loves it!
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  4. Catherine

    I never thought to try Matthew with a graphic novel and no one is more reluctant than him 😉 He also loves facts so this would be super. I love your sticks what a neat idea! Thanks, Mia.
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    • Hi Catherine,
      The audio books are working really well with my other young reluctant reader friend who like Percy Jackson but it’s too difficult for him so far. He also liked the graphic novel (after he heard the book). He followed the audio along with the hard copy so he got all the benefits of reading the book without the frustration. It also helped him to connect with his friends who were reading the book and acting it out at recess. (The fighting part, of course).
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  5. Looks like an interesting book, and I love the painted sticks!
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  6. Great post with some great ideas. I haven’t read The Kane Chronicles yet but intend to in the future.
    I’ve dropped by as part of the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

  7. I love The Kane Chronicles, and these activities are AWESOME!!
    Thanks for sharing with the Kid Lit Blog Hop!
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  8. Awesome activities. I haven’t read the Kane Chronicles yet but I know I will soon enough with all the buzz over them. Thanks for joining us again on the kidlitbloghop

  9. Renee C.

    I love ALL mythology – I’m not discerning that particular way! lol I would love that series, no doubt. I took the quiz and apparently I’m Ptah, the God of creation, masonry and crafts. Who knew? That was fun! Thanks for sharing this in the Kid Lit Blog Hop.
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  10. Ticia

    I love Rick Riordan, I really hope he has a follow on series to the Kane Chronicles.

    Now, I’m gonna go try the “which Egyptian god are you quiz”
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    • Hi Ticia,
      What Egyptian God or Goddess did you turn out to be? I just read about Son of Sobek, Rick Riordan’s latest book in the works. You will be excited too: Percy Jackson meets Carter Kane!!!! How awesome is that?! I can’t wait and my 8-year-old son will be over the moon. We love both series too. And I think he could easily write another series for the Kane Chronicles. He left it wide open by having that magician ghost Setne free!
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  11. Jill

    I am off to try the quiz now. My son and I love Rick Riordan’s books. Love the painted sticks!

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