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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Egypt Unit Study: Making Pyramids, Mummifying a Doll, Hieroglyphics Potato Carving & More!



We recently did an Egyptian Unit Study in our homeschool a few weeks ago and it was so much fun. I thought I would share some of the things we did here just in case you were thinking of doing something similar or needed to inject some fun into your school day!

Since my twins were already studying Egypt that week and all kids had studied it in the past I thought I would just do a quick unit study for the day and add in some hands-on activities. A few things we did were:


  • Heiroglyphics Potato Carving & Stamping
  • Mummify Dolls
  • Make Pyramids
  • Molded a Sphinx out of Play-doh


Now just a quick note--if you know anything about me you will know that I am not naturally crafty and have to put a bit of effort into these things. So don't think that I am some supermom or something because that is definitely not the case! 


We first started out the day watched a video on YouTube to give us a deeper understanding of Egypt and how the pyramids were built.  

Then we all got charts of Heiroglyphics.




Then we tried writing out our names in Heiroglyphics:




And also wrote a secret code word that the person next to us had to decode, which ended up with tons of laughter because they got really silly with their words. Then we moved on to:

HEIROGLYPHICS POTATO CARVING & STAMPING

What you need:

bowl potatoes (any kind will do)
paint
paint brush
paint paper
knife



We sliced the potatoes in half, picked a heiroglyphic that we liked and began to carve it out on the potato. The kids really liked that.







Then we used a brush to cover it and stamped it out on paper.

We also constructed pyramids:



MARSHMALLOW PYRAMIDS

What you need:

marshmallows (small)
toothpicks

Just make sure you get a nice foundation going at the base and build your way up!


Then the most exciting thing we did that the kids went crazy over was mummifying a doll.

MUMMIFYING A DOLL

What you need:

doll
red marker
white wine vinegar
spices (cinnamon, himalayn salt)
olive oil
water
flour
strips of white fabric or muslin


We bought dolls from our local thrift store and even used an old one we didn't want anymore.




Then we laid the doll on the plate and talked about how the organs were all removed except for the heart. We then drew a heart on the doll on the chest with a red marker to show that it was kept in.

We washed the body with white wine vinegar and then rubbed some spices on it along with some salt for preserving. It is supposed to sit for 40 days so you can explain that to them or wait 40 minutes (a minute per day) if you want to get the point through to them. We didn't have time and quickly went on to the next step.



We took a sheet (bought at the thrift store) and cut it into strips of fabric to wrap around their bodies.



We made a paste of water and flour to add to soak the strips in and then wrap the dolls. We used one part flour to two parts water and stirred. We started with the head first and worked our way down which is what we learned that they really did back in those times.





(as you can see it got pretty messy!)


I had printed out this sheet to help them understand the process and we had also watched a video on YouTube too.





We also tried our hand at molding the Sphinx.

PLAY-DOH SPHINX


picture the Sphinx
any color Play-doh









All we did here was just mold the Play-doh as much as we could into the likeness of the Sphinx. It was simple and easy.

EGYPTIAN STICK PUPPETS

This one we mainly did for my four year old. Since she joins us I knew this would help her pass the time while we were doing the "big" kid activities!


I just printed out these images and we added a craft stick with glue on the back and tape to reinforce it.







This was our Egyptian Learning Board:






And the plaques on Egypt:




We included the flag:



We also did some Wordsearches and coloring pages.

This was an Egyptian timeline we used:





We also got books from the library but you can also find some interesting ones HERE.


All in all, it was a great day and I would definitely do it again. They won't forget this day for some time!

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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Monday, October 15, 2018

How to Throw a Fun Fall Harvest Party

When the leaves dance in the wind and begin falling and that cold rush of air blows through we know that that autumn is making its grand entrance and every year we look forward to gathering up a bunch of people and celebrating with a Harvest Party at our home!






This day is special because it is fall themed---everything from the food, to the music, and the games. I am going to share what we do here so in case you are interested in doing something like this you will have some inspiration to go by.




FALL PARTY DECOR

We plan in advance and decorate the house and outdoors with a fall theme. We decorate with pumpkins, gourds, scarecrows, candles, haybales, mums, cornstalks, and the like. 

HARVEST PARTY FOOD

We ask people to bring to the potluck a fall dish, a fall side or fall dessert and a gallon of apple cider. We also like to serve cocoa and marshmallows as well. I usually try to make a crockpot chili and cornbread. People usually bring all kinds of amazing soups, and fall dishes galore. It is soooooo deliciously good. For dessert we usually have an array of pumpkin pies, pecan pies, apple cobbler, taffy apples, popcorn balls, pumpkin rolls, etc.




DRESS CODE

We also told people that they were welcome to dress up in cowboy clothing such as:

flannel shirts
jeans
overalls
bandanas
cowboy hats (we'd always find some for the kids at the dollar store)
cowboy boots

 It is completely optional and up to them if they'd like to. Sometimes we just wear fall colors!





HARVEST PARTY GAMES

The games are SO fun! Here is a sample of what we have done over the years:

three legged races (tie their legs with bandanas)
potato sack races
wheel barrow races
pumpkin rolling contest
pumpkin relay races
throw the hula hoop over the pumpkins (a set of three a few feet away--great for small kids)
hot pumpkin (same as hot potato instead with a pumpkin)
whip cream "pie" eating contest (a piece of bubble gum is hidden in it and the one who can blow a bubble first is the winner)
apple bobbing
tug of war
corn shucking races
corn doll craft
slack lining
Pumpkin, pumpkin, gourd (same as duck, duck, goose)
Hay bale jumping (this is the biggest competition that is everyone's FAVORITE)
square dancing or dancing like the Virginia Reel (I linked a tutorial video but you can forward to 4:45 of the video to hear the music and see the dance quicker)

During it all we like to play some clean country music or blue grass just to get everyone in the mood. Here is an example.

Here are some of the pictures from past celebrations:



Apple bobbing


Kicking off the three legged races




Pumpkin rolling relay races



Cute homemade corn husk dolls



Slack lining



Whip cream pie eating contest



Adults taking in the fun 


Hay bale jumping--sometimes stacked at three bales high!





The adults even get in on the fun!


And later after that we had a bonfire going with some smores or marshmallows on sticks for roasting. For a few years we had a good friend come out and sing some interactive country folk songs to the kids during this time but this year he eventually had moved away and we just did the roasting instead.

Adults and children alike all have fun and get to fellowship--I don't think I have every laughed so hard at some of the games!  It was also a great way to reach out to our neighbors, several of whom like to show up. We definitely always look forward to hosting this event with friends.


Have you ever had a Harvest Party?

What would you add to this list?














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