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How to make Chinese coins – Ancient China project

By | 2017-06-09T12:35:06+00:00 June 9th, 2017|China, Crafts, Economy|

Replica Chinese coins, made by kids at Laurelhurst School, Portland Oregon People in China began to use cowrie shells for money about 1800 BC. But by about 400 BC, they were using bronze coins. Nobody knows whether moneyers in China thought of this idea on their own, or got the idea from West Asia, [...]

How to make a Chinese Buddha Statue – China projects

By | 2017-06-09T12:32:33+00:00 June 9th, 2017|China, Crafts, Religion|

A Buddha statue made by kids at Laurelhurst School, Portland Oregon Many people in China after about 500 AD prayed to Buddha as a god. Buddhists often made gold statues of the Buddha. You can make your own gold statue of the Buddha by making a clay statue, letting it dry, and then [...]

How to make an abacus – Ancient China project

By | 2017-06-12T22:47:21+00:00 June 9th, 2017|China, Crafts, Science|

Chinese abacus, made by kids at Laurelhurst School, Portland Oregon People in China started to use an abacus to help them with math problems maybe as early as 500 BC. Nobody knows whether somebody in China invented the abacus. Maybe they learned about it from people in the Persian Empire (modern Iran), who [...]

Who invented the spinning wheel? History of spinning

By | 2017-06-08T18:06:29+00:00 June 8th, 2017|China, Clothing|

Spinning wheel in China, Song Dynasty (the date is unknown) For more than three thousand years everybody used a hand spindle to spin wool, cotton, linen, silk, or hemp into thread. But in the Middle Ages the people of the Islamic Empire were making a lot of money growing cotton and selling cotton [...]

What is silk? Ancient Chinese clothing

By | 2017-06-08T15:05:43+00:00 June 8th, 2017|China, Clothing|

Silkworms People make silk from the cocoons of silkworms. Have you ever seen a butterfly cocoon? It is just like that. You have to take zillions of these cocoons and unwind them carefully, and that makes long threads like spider webs, and you spin these together to make them thicker, and then weave [...]

Steel needles and sewing machines – History of clothing

By | 2017-06-08T14:56:09+00:00 June 8th, 2017|China, Clothing|

Early thimble-ring from Han Dynasty China (200 BC-200 AD) During the Han Dynasty, about 200 BC, Chinese blacksmiths started to make sharp, thin steel needles (this is about 100 years after Indian metal-workers began to make steel). Chinese tailors and seamstresses needed these thin, strong needles to sew silk clothing, which was more [...]

What is hemp cloth? Chinese clothing

By | 2017-06-08T09:04:45+00:00 June 8th, 2017|China, Clothing|

Wild hemp plant Before people ever thought of using it for anything, hemp grew wild all over Central Asia, India, and East Asia. It's related to cabbage plants. Probably hemp began to grow near where people lived on its own, without any help from people. Hemp likes to grow where the ground has [...]

Hemp clothing project – Ancient China

By | 2017-06-08T09:05:00+00:00 June 8th, 2017|China, Clothing|

A shirt made out of hemp cloth Visit your local craft market and check out some things made of hemp. Or, if there's no craft market near you, click on the picture to order a hemp shirt from Amazon. What does the shirt feel like? How would you like to wear hemp clothing? [...]

Predicting earthquakes in ancient China

By | 2017-06-07T23:55:13+00:00 June 7th, 2017|China, Science|

Chinese seismograph (132 AD)(thanks to National Geographic) Earthquakes are a big problem in China, where there are many earthquakes, and often strong ones. Under the Han Dynasty, a man called Zhang Heng invented the first seismograph in the world - the first way to record an earthquake. Zhang Heng's seismograph was a bronze [...]

Science in ancient and medieval China

By | 2017-12-05T00:52:56+00:00 June 7th, 2017|China, Science|

Chinese compass Possibly as a result of the formation of the first empires and the rise of the Silk Road, Chinese scientists embarked on a series of important inventions around 500 BC, during the Warring States period. Most of these inventions spread quickly along the Silk Road across Asia, and eventually even reached [...]