Maya: Amazing Inventions You Can Build Yourself with 25 Projects

Revised in 2012 Maya: Amazing Inventions You Can Build Yourself introduces readers ages 9–12 to the world of the ancient Maya, the most advanced and mysterious civilization of the New World. From ceremonial masks to hieroglyphics, and calendars to musical instruments, Maya: Amazing Inventions You Can Build Yourself gives readers a chance to experience how the Maya lived, cooked, worshipped, entertained themselves, and interacted with their neighbors through hands on building projects that use common household supplies. Detailed step-by-step instructions for each project are combined with historical facts and anecdotes, biographies, and trivia. Together they give kids a first-hand look at daily life in ancient Mesoamerica.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $ 15.95
  • Hardcover, $ 21.95
  • eBook, $ 12.95

Grade Level 4–6

Ages 9–12

GRL U

Subjects

  • Science
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Social Studies
  • Ancient Civilizations
  • Math
  • STEM - STEAM

More Details

Revised in 2012 Maya: Amazing Inventions You Can Build Yourself introduces readers ages 9–12 to the world of the ancient Maya, the most advanced and mysterious civilization of the New World. From ceremonial masks to hieroglyphics, and calendars to musical instruments, Maya: Amazing Inventions You Can Build Yourself gives readers a chance to experience how the Maya lived, cooked, worshipped, entertained themselves, and interacted with their neighbors through hands on building projects that use common household supplies. Detailed step-by-step instructions for each project are combined with historical facts and anecdotes, biographies, and trivia. Together they give kids a first-hand look at daily life in ancient Mesoamerica.


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  • Projects
  • Author-Illustrator

KLIATT
“This would be a great addition to a unit on Central American history for upper elementary, middle school and junior high students.”

Calliope Magazine
“Skillfully lends historical facts with detailed instructions for replicating the masks, hieroglyphs, calendars, and musical instruments fashioned by the ancient Maya.”



Loom and Cloth

This activity gives you a sense of how much work it was for Maya women to weave clothing by hand for an entire family.

Click here to download a print-friendly PDF


Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt

Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt is an award-winning freelance writer who has contributed to American Profile, Family Circle, Ladies’ Home Journal, Go, and The Washington Post. She is the author of Amazing Maya Inventions and Great World War II Projects You Can Build Yourself.



Tom Casteel

Tom Casteel is an illustrator and cartoonist with a master’s degree from the Center for Cartoon Studies. Tom has illustrated several books for Nomad Press, including Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects. He is working on his first graphic novel.



More Details

Grade Level: 4–6
Ages: 9–12
GRL: U
Subjects: Science, Engineering & Technology, Social Studies, Ancient Civilizations, Math, STEM - STEAM,
Specs: 8 x 10 , black and white interior , 128 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Charts, Maps, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

KLIATT
“This would be a great addition to a unit on Central American history for upper elementary, middle school and junior high students.”

Calliope Magazine
“Skillfully lends historical facts with detailed instructions for replicating the masks, hieroglyphs, calendars, and musical instruments fashioned by the ancient Maya.”


Projects

Loom and Cloth

This activity gives you a sense of how much work it was for Maya women to weave clothing by hand for an entire family.


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt

Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt is an award-winning freelance writer who has contributed to American Profile, Family Circle, Ladies’ Home Journal, Go, and The Washington Post. She is the author of Amazing Maya Inventions and Great World War II Projects You Can Build Yourself.


Tom Casteel

Tom Casteel is an illustrator and cartoonist with a master’s degree from the Center for Cartoon Studies. Tom has illustrated several books for Nomad Press, including Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects. He is working on his first graphic novel.