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When a traveling exhibit came to Washington, D. Posted on Sep 27, This post may contain affiliate links. Our ancient history studies took us to China last week.
I gave him black paint, a brush and some white paper and asked him to write a brief story of something that had happened to him recently, by making up his own pictograms.
Then Firefly painted the pieces, just as would have been done in ancient China. There is really so much you can do with ancient China and Firefly was very interested in learning more, so we lingered for a while.
Perhaps we will attend a festival for the next Chinese New Year to see some real dragon costumes. Firefly listens to the audio version of Story of the World read by Jim Weisswhich I realized was not so helpful for part of the chapter on ancient China, because it contains a page that looks like this: He drew a story about how our family got a new dog.
This box of clay was a great investment. So, we were happy to learn even more about this fascinating group of life size soldiers, numbering eight thousand, that were accidentally discovered by farmers digging a well in I have a feeling that ancient China is going to be one of our ongoing fascinations, much like ancient Egypt.
Terracotta pieces after drying. It was a rainy day, so I baked the clay creations in the oven on degrees for about an hour. We left them out for a couple of days and they were definitely drier, although still a bit fragile.
These are pictograms, an ancient Chinese way of writing, where pictures stood for words. Then we watched a video on Netflix Streaming called Secrets of the Dead: To my delight, they became fascinated, too, and now recognize Terra Cotta Warrior images whenever they see them.
Here are the projects that we did to go along with our studies. We had some clay left over from our Mohenjo-Daro dwelling project and Firefly was inspired to use it to make his own Terracotta Warrior, Terracotta Horse and his own version of a ming bowl.
We had so much fun, that we extended it into this week as well. Later, The Queen Bee painted some pictogram stories, too.
We read the book Hidden Army:Ancient China for Kids It was during the Shang Dynasty that many important things were invented. Two of the most important was the use of bronze weapons and a system of writing called calligraphy. Ancient China Activities. Posted on Sep 27, These are pictograms, an ancient Chinese way of writing, where pictures stood for words.
We spent some time looking over the ones in the book, then spontaneously, I asked Firefly if he’d like to make his own pictograms. This actually is one of the activities in the SOTW Activity Guide.
Writing. The Chinese use a very different writing system to English. English words are made up of a collection of letters that each has its own sound. The Chinese use logograms- where a symbol represents a meaning or a word. Explore ancient objects with writing on.
Challenge. Ancient Chinese writing evolved from the practice of divination during the Shang Dynasty ( BCE).
Some theories suggest that images and markings. Ancient China Activities for Kids Grade Levels: K-3 In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about ancient China.
The Chinese Art of Calligraphy Lesson Plan Student Objectives Demonstrate an understanding that calligraphy is an ancient Chinese tradition.Download