Two resources that we have used this year to help my children understand what life was really like thousands of years ago are Old Testament Days and Classical Kids. They are activity books that each have around 100 ideas/activities to do with your children pertaining to ancient times.
Old Testament Days covers approximately 2000BC – 400BC in the region known today as the Middle East. You will follow Abraham and his growing family as they travel from place to place, end up in Egypt, and then travel around some more. You will learn how the Israelites dressed and kept themselves clean, what they used to make music and fight in battles, what they ate and much more!
What I love is that these activities are easy to add in to whatever history curriculum you are using. If you are learning about a particular subject and feel like you children need a little help understanding (or could just benefit from a little fun reinforcement!) just pick an activity that relates and add it in! Many of the activities are preceded by a few paragraphs of information pertaining to it, which could even make it into a stand alone curriculum for a young child.
We have done many of these activities this year. Each time I get this book out, my kids get excited! They always look forward to doing these activities. Here are some of the ones that we have done this year:
- Writing our names in hieroglyphics
- Making a table like Abraham and Sara might have used
- Cooking up Lentil Stew
- Making a decorative anklet
- Making an Egyptian Paddle Doll and Throwing Serpent
- Making Unleavened Bread
- Making the ten commandments out of clay
- Making a doctor’s kit
- Making a trumpet (like Joshua)
- Building a salt-dough map of Israel
- Washing our feet, face, and clothes like the Israelites
- Making a borrow and arrow
- Making a shield
- Mimicking ancient Greek and Roman dress
- Learning to cook like the Greeks and Romans
- Learning about math like Pythagoras did
- Learning about the night sky like the Greek astronomers did
- Creating art like the ancient Greeks did
- Making an abacus and counting in Roman Numerals
- and much more!
If you are studying ancient history, I cannot recommend these handy activity books enough. They really make history come alive and are just a lot of fun! I know your kids will get excited whenever you bring out one of these books, just like mine do!
I was not compensated in any way for this review. I just wanted to share with you a great resource that my children and I have been enjoying this year!
~by Amy, Living and Learning at Home
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