This year I am going to let my love of history come through in a big way. As much as I love to read and study history my kids don’t. They love arts and crafts and any kind of project I can come up with, so hands on history is what we are going to do this year.
Now to begin, I must let you know that I am not just reading history books. I am reading the Bible and paralleling history books that happened at the same time as Biblical events (or to the best of my ability). I want to paint a picture of what life was like during the time we are studying in the Bible, this is very important to my husband and I.
The Bible we are using this year with my little ones is Egermeier’s Bible Story Book. We read pages 16-17,The Great Flood. Of course you can use any good Bible story book. Or you can use your family Bible, like I do with my oldest. At this point we are talking about “cave people”. We are learning about the shelters they would have made out of animal skins, how they made lamps, hunted for food and cave paintings. So the first project, is cave paintings. A great reference for young ones is “The Usborne Book of Living Long Ago“. (Just take the dates they specify in the book with a grain of salt.) The pages we read in this book are 50-51.
First I got some paper bags from the store, and cut off the panel with the seam and the bottom. Then I crumble up the paper bag. The I open it up and lay it flat. It has almost a animal skin look if you use your imagination, or like a cave wall. Next, I had the kids go outside a gather some sticks to “draw” some pictures.
Then I grabbed some tempera paint, trying to select the kinds of colors that would have been used. (Although, the kids felt the need to add a few.)
Now they set to work!
I even decided to raid my craft closet for some feathers to use as paint brushes. I will admit, Little D did complain about the feathers “not working,” I reminded him that paint brushes like we have today didn’t even exist. People used what they had and got creative with the supplies that were available to them.
Here it goes!!!
Peanut begins with feathers.
Adding more detail to create a story, just like cave walls.
Not to sure what kind of animal she is making, but she is happy.
After a lot of frustrating moments, Little D is finished, and happy with his work!
I hope you enjoyed today’s post. I will be sharing this years entire history journey. So count this as the first in this series; A Walk Through History.