11 06, 2017

Make a mosaic – ancient Rome project

By |2017-06-11T13:38:06-07:00June 11th, 2017|Art, Crafts, Romans|0 Comments

You can get a kit for making a mosaic from Amazon Why not try making a Roman mosaic? You can make a simple mosaic just with black and white pebbles, which you can get at any gardening store (or at the beach maybe). You could set the pebbles in plaster of paris, or [...]

11 06, 2017

Make a clay seal – Mesopotamia project

By |2019-04-09T05:39:59-07:00June 11th, 2017|Crafts, Economy, West Asia|0 Comments

Clay seal project: A cylinder seal and square seal from ancient Mesopotamia What is a clay seal? The people of ancient Mesopotamia had many baskets which had been sealed with a special mark pressed into a lump of clay. More about seals What is clay? Bronze Age economy All our Mesopotamia articles Why [...]

11 06, 2017

Making chainmail – Medieval Europe project

By |2017-06-11T12:43:51-07:00June 11th, 2017|Crafts, Medieval, War|0 Comments

A suit of medieval plate armor In the Middle Ages men and women who fought in battles generally wore chain mail, which was both lighter and cheaper (because it was easier to make) than plate armor. Chain mail shirt (reproduction) In fact, chain mail is so easy to make that you [...]

11 06, 2017

Working with Cement – Ancient Rome project

By |2017-06-11T12:37:29-07:00June 11th, 2017|Architecture, Crafts, Romans|0 Comments

Or just order this kit from Amazon, which comes with everything all ready! Why not try making something out of cement yourself? Here is the recipe for cement: You'll need a small bag of lime, a bag of sand, and some water. On a piece of plastic, or outside on dirt, mix one [...]

11 06, 2017

A Native American day – food, clothing, activities

By |2018-04-07T17:05:21-07:00June 11th, 2017|Crafts, Native American|0 Comments

North American people eating (Virginia, 1600s) If you're a teacher, parent, or day camp counselor thinking of spending a week or so on early North America, here's some ideas other people have found useful: Clothing: A Blackfoot shirt made of rawhide For girls, a loose poncho shirt and a loose skirt [...]

11 06, 2017

Soap carving – Native American project

By |2018-04-07T17:05:20-07:00June 11th, 2017|Art, Crafts, Native American|0 Comments

Inuit walrus ivory carving (1800s AD) Do you want to carve your own small sculptures, the way Inuit artists did? Inuit artists carved animal bones, but it will be easier for you to start out by carving soap. Get a bar of soap from the store - Ivory soap is good because it [...]

11 06, 2017

Painting an icon – Middle Ages project

By |2018-04-18T23:33:45-07:00June 11th, 2017|Art, Crafts, Medieval|0 Comments

Byzantine icon of St. Catherine(1300s AD) In the Middle Ages, many people believed that a painting or statue of the Christian God, or Jesus, or Mary, or one of the saints, could really serve as a sort of mailbox so God or a saint would hear your prayer and help you get better from being [...]

11 06, 2017

Cotton, wool, silk, hemp – Ancient India projects

By |2018-04-18T19:35:05-07:00June 11th, 2017|Clothing, Crafts, India|0 Comments

Cotton bolls hanging from the plants People in India were the first to grow cotton, about 2500 BC. It took four thousand years to spread cotton growing from India to China and Europe. But wherever people were, when they did get cotton they really liked it. Why is that? What is it about [...]

11 06, 2017

Ancient Greece activities – A day in ancient Greece

By |2019-07-23T09:25:52-07:00June 11th, 2017|Crafts, Greeks|0 Comments

Ancient Greece activities: Girls jump on a seesaw Designing a Greece project If you're a teacher, parent, or day camp counselor thinking of spending a week or so on the Greeks, here's some ideas for ancient Greece activities other people have found useful. Greek clothes: To dress as a Greek boy, an extra-large [...]

11 06, 2017

Paint a Greek vase – Ancient Greece project

By |2018-04-18T23:33:17-07:00June 11th, 2017|Art, Crafts, Greeks|0 Comments

A red-figure vase painted by the Berlin Painter (Athens, about 480 BC) If you need an art project, or something you can do sitting down, here's a suggestion for a good quiet project. There are two main styles in Greek vase painting - black figure and red figure. Mostly before about 530 BC [...]