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Thanksgiving becomes a national holiday

By |2018-10-29T14:36:41+00:00August 14th, 2017|North America, Religion|

Sarah Hale, who made Thanksgiving a national holiday Thanksgiving in the 1700s 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 [...]

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 [...]