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Thanksgiving becomes a national holiday

By |2018-04-24T11:05:40+00:00August 14th, 2017|North America, Religion|

Sarah Hale In the 1700s, most of the thirteen colonies had public Thanksgiving feasts at least once a year. Sometimes people held them more than once a year. The governor of each colony decided when to celebrate Thanksgiving. But in 1817, the governor of New York State decided to make Thanksgiving an official holiday on the same day every [...]

A day in Mesopotamia – food, costumes, activities

By |2018-04-07T17:04:22+00:00June 11th, 2017|Crafts, West Asia|

Molded bricks form an archer at ancient Susa, in Iran If you're a teacher, parent, or day camp counselor thinking of spending a week or so on ancient West Asia (Mesopotamia and Persia), here's some ideas other people have found useful: Clothes: For boys, as in the picture, a long colorful tunic down [...]

A day in ancient Rome – food, costumes, activities

By |2018-04-18T23:49:10+00:00June 11th, 2017|Crafts, Romans|

Gladiators mosaic If you're a teacher, parent, or day camp counselor thinking of spending a week or so on ancient Rome, here's some ideas for Roman activities other people have found useful: Costumes: For girls, a long white nightshirt or dress (it should reach her ankles), bare feet or leather sandals, and a long [...]

A Native American day – food, clothing, activities

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

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 [...]

A day in medieval Europe – food, costumes, activities

By |2018-04-18T23:34:37+00:00June 11th, 2017|Games, Medieval|

Two women raking straw in a field (Tres Belles Heures du duc de Berry) If you're a teacher, parent, or day camp counselor thinking of spending a week or so on the Middle Ages, here's some ideas other people have found useful: Costumes: Brueghel painting of a wedding, as an example of [...]

A day in the Islamic Empire – Activities, food, costumes

By |2017-06-11T10:14:37+00:00June 11th, 2017|Games, Islam, West Asia|

Islamic archery contest If you're a teacher, parent, or day camp counselor thinking of spending a week or so on ancient Islam, here's some ideas other people have found useful: You could organize the day around a human chess game, or around bicycle polo, or an archery contest if you can arrange for [...]

A day in ancient India – India project

By |2017-06-11T01:07:15+00:00June 11th, 2017|Games, India|

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 [...]

A day in ancient Greece – Ancient Greece projects

By |2018-04-18T23:33:17+00:00June 11th, 2017|Crafts, Greeks|

Corinthian vase from the Archaic period If you're a teacher, parent, or day camp counselor thinking of spending a week or so on the Greeks, here's some ideas other people have found useful: Clothes: For boys, an extra-large white T-shirt with a belt will look fine. It should reach his knees. Bare feet [...]