Daedalus was the architect and inventor who worked for King Minos. He had made a labyrinth of bushes for King Minos so he could keep his Minotaur in it. King Minos found out that the Athenians escaped from the labyrinth and he was very angry. He blamed Daedalus because he was the only person who knew the way around the maze.
This is fun! Dad watch me!
As a punishment, King Minos trapped Daedalus and his son Icarus in the labyrinth. All they had were a pair of candles. Daedalus was about to give up, then he looked up to the Gods for an answer and then an idea came into his head.They could escape by flying!
Icarus! Come back to the surface! Please...
Daedalus started gathering branches and leaves from the labyrinth’s bushes and began stringing them together. Daedalus told Icarus to gather bird feathers that have flown down from the sky. In a few minutes, Daedalus had made two pairs of wings. He told Icarus to not fly too close to the sun, otherwise the wax would melt. But Icarus wasn’t listening.
Daedalus took off into the sky and Icarus followed closely. They escaped the labyrinth and Crete and they flew over land and sea. Icarus started somersaulting and playing around. He flew higher and higher to the sun... Daedalus shouted but Icarus could not hear.
Icarus did not notice all of the feathers falling off his wings and the wax melting. He was too excited. Suddenly Icarus's wings came apart and he fell down into the sea. Daedalus flew down to try and catch him but it was too late, Icarus plunged into the sea. Daedalus called out his name but there was no answer.
Daedalus knew Icarus would never come back so he flew away and landed in Sicily. Daedalus lived there for the rest of his life and never invented another thing again.