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Game board with red and blue lines drawn on it like Chutes and Ladders

Indian Snakes and Ladders game (1700s AD)

If you’re a teacher, parent, or day camp counselor thinking of spending a week or so on ancient India, here’s some ideas other people have found useful:

For clothes, a long t-shirt over loose pants like sweatpants is good for boys, or wrapping a long piece of cloth around their waist and knotting it to form a dhoti. Girls will want to try on a sari; you’ll find instructions for making a sari here.

For activities, try acting out the Ramayana, or playing chess or parcheesi, or Chutes and Ladders.

For food, an easy solution is to get take-out food from an Indian restaurant. Or, get mangoes and try tastes of sliced mango, or sliced mango sprinkled with cinnamon. If you want to make your own Indian food, here’s a recipe for vegan potato samosas that you can easily eat without silverware, and without reheating. Or try this lentil stew with yogurt. Making yogurt is a good project for an India week – it’s very common to make your own yogurt at home in India.

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* The Ramayana (putting on a play)
*Cotton, silk, wool, and hemp

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