Friday, August 5, 2011

TOG Ancients Projects: Reed Boat

DS8 really wanted to make a reed boat, as shown in 
Ancient Egypt Make it Work (a TOG scheduled book). 
We found a bag of dried grasses at the craft store and some yarn 
in my collection of unfinished projects.

Cutting the reeds and tying them in bundles took quite awhile.

DD14 came to help and the work went much faster.

And the boat turned out just like in the book!

He made a little paddle from craft sticks to go with it.  
Don't you just want to hop on?  
Maybe not hop...that would probably capsize the boat!

TOG Ancients Projects: Nile, Anubis, Salt Dough maps

DS8's beginning of a working "Nile" in a planter box: 
tin foil in the shape of the river (note delta on the left, which is appropriately North!), 
weighted down with some marbles and glass gems, grass seed planted on the banks

He will flood the Nile with water and hopefully the seeds will grow!

DD14's acrylic painted Anubis

We made salt dough maps at our 2 family co-op for TOG Week 1
 and then painted them when they dried. 
 I asked the older ones to use several landform terms we learned.  
Here are a few of them.

DD16 - you're never too old for salt dough!

DD14 - some high level place in World of Warcraft

DS5 - I think those are caves!