Monday, February 20, 2006

A Day of Crafts, Grecian Style

What a fun day we had today! We were busy learning about Greece, and doing crafts to help make it "stick."

We started out making the Parthenon. Inside is a statue of Athena. The pieces to this model were attached to a book called "History in Stone: Ancient Greec." I bought it at a discount book store.

Next, we built a model of the Trojan Horse and read a story about it. This was from a kit called "Ancient Greece" by Treasure Chests. You were suppposed to glue it together, but after we both had made a big mess, we ended up using tape & it worked much better.

We then had a lot of fun making Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian columns. We used toilet paper rolls & hot pink (Alexandra's choice) Model Magic. We found this idea on-line at a lesson plan called "We Built this City: Ancient Architecture in Greece and Rome" by Barbara Moody.

Next, I made this amphora. I followed the directions in "Spend the Day in Ancient Greece." The book explains that this jar could hold about 10 gallons of olive oil and it could take two men to carry it. "To win one was such an honor that some athletes were buried with the amphoras they had won." They also made small ones, like the one I made, which were possibly used to hold perfume.

Lastly, Alexandra made this owl, also from the book "Spend the Day in Ancient Greece." The goddess Athena was often shown with an owl that represented wisdom.

On most days, we can't spend so much time doing crafts, but it sure was fun today! And, we still got some housework, errands, and other subjects done. And, "Daddy" got home early and took us out to dinner. It's been a great day!

1 comment:

DhanyaMass said...

Thanks! We had a great time making these columns today to go with pour readings on Greece! So Glad this came up on an "ancient Greek crafts" Google search!

We also made a hoplight sheikld from the cardboard circle frozen pizzas come on :)

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