Historyetc – Arshibanapal, Ninevah, Hanging Gardens and Minotaurs!

Apparently we should be reading SOTW chapters 16-19 Arshibanapal and the Library at Ninevah, The Hanging Gardens of Babylon and Nebuchadnezzar and the Minoans, sadly we are not. We have got ourselves a little behind but that didn’t stop us from having a fabulous Historyetc day full of crafts ๐Ÿ™‚

I think I chose the most time consuming craft of the day, hanging wall frescos, but they turned out to be well worth the time and effort. So after being handed a lovely cup of coffee, I began making a zillion moulds from cardboard boxes, it was actually only 17, but it felt like a zillion. Working with small groups, we mixed the plaster of paris, poured into the moulds and left to dry for an hour or so, after which the children tore the mould away from the plaster and either selected a pre-drawn design or created their own. A piece of carbon paper (yes you can still buy it!) was laid onto the tile, placing the drawing over the top then tracing carefully over the top to transfer the drawing onto the tile – clever ๐Ÿ™‚ Most of the children were rather impressed and had never seen or heard of carbon paper!! Once their designs were transferred, they added colour with poster paints. They did all look rather fabulous. I though Skye was being a little adventurous choosing to draw a Greek Temple but the end result was amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

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There was a huge variety of other crafts, fimo baskets taking inspiration from the ‘hanging gardens of Babylon’, Minotaur masks and Minotaur peg dolls, wordsearches and crosswords, maths in archaeology, drawing labyrinths and mazes, bookmaking and using multi-cell plant trays, cut up and glued together in a wacky bonkers way using a hot glue gun, filled with compost and seeds, created their own ‘Hanging Gardens of Babylon’! ๐Ÿ™‚

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We were hoping to finish of the day with a look through the telescope but the weather had been rubbish all day and was unfortunately too rainy and cloudy ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

The girls and I had a chippery tea then we all popped over to see my Dad as he is celebrating his 60th Birthday today ๐Ÿ™‚

Poppy is suffering with a horrible nasty cough and took hours to get to sleep ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. HelenHaricot
    Jan 27, 2011 @ 23:39:40

    was a truly fab craft, thankyou ๐Ÿ™‚ i think that effort def paid off. both my girls want to do it again ๐Ÿ™‚

    Reply

  2. lecielrouge
    Jan 27, 2011 @ 23:59:02

    On the 9th! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Reply

  3. Michelle
    Jan 28, 2011 @ 00:26:50

    Excellent!

    Reply

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