Leopard Mask

Leopard Mask

Make your own leopard mask complete with whiskers and spots.
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Make Your Own Gordian Knot

Make Your Own Gordian Knot

From The Silk Road

One legend says Alexander conquered Asia by solving the puzzle of the Gordian Knot. According to a prophecy, whoever untied this endless knot would rule the continent. Alexander took the direct approach—he cut the knot open with his sword. Today, a “Gordian knot” means an unsolvable problem. No one knows exactly what the Gordian Knot looked like. But you can make a knot called a Turk’s Head appear “endless” by joining the ends after it’s...

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Make a Culture Collage

Make a Culture Collage

From The Renaissance Thinkers

We use the term Renaissance to define the years in Europe from the 1300s through the 1600s. Is there one word or phrase that defines the era we live in right now? Let’s make a Culture Collage and see if we can find one.

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Try Styrofoam Printing

Try Styrofoam Printing

From The Renaissance Inventors

Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press during the Renaissance. Before this invention, books were made by hand. The text was copied word by word. The printing press made the creation and distribution of books much easier, so more people could have access to books and read them. In this activity, you’ll try your own method of printing.

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The Human Body in Art

The Human Body in Art

From The Renaissance Artists

Leonardo was one of several Renaissance artists who dissected human corpses. Why did they do that? To better understand the form and function of the human body, which they believed was created in the image of God. To them, the human body—inside and out—was a work of wonder.

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Reviews

A Moonbeam  2010 Silver Award Winner

School Library Journal
“This book has an enormous amount of information, covering history, occupations, ethnic groups, daily life, geography, recreation, music, and more. The 25 projects require easily obtainable materials and can be completed in two to seven steps. Fascinating trivia further enhances the experience, such as the double meanings of Zulu bead colors, the more than 1000 different languages spoken in Africa, and how in Ethiopia tables are covered with flatbread that diners break apart to wrap around their food. This title will be useful for assignments and/or programming ideas.”

CALLIOPE Magazine
“Amazing Africa by Carla Mooney is chock full of interesting facts, word helps, and sidebars that complement the great variety of activities. Definitely a book you will use as a regular resource.”

Booklist
“Casual and informative, this large, attractive, browsable paperback in the Build It Yourself series offers a view of contemporary African life that reaches far beyond the usual scenery-and-wildlife tourists' perspective. Blending history, culture, and tradition with politics and life in both cities and rural areas, the chapters begin with a look at natural wonders and dangerous wildlife that will grab readers, then move onto historical discussions of humankind's birthplace and early civilizations. Views of daily life today show the continent's vast diversity: in a city apartment, a teen might surf the Internet, but most Africans live in smaller, more rural communities, where there may be no electricity or running water. The author also discusses AIDS orphans, many of whom live homeless in the streets of shantytowns.”

Detailed Book Description

While Africa is one continent it contains many diverse countries. Amazing Africa Projects You Can Build Yourself introduces readers ages 9 and up to the stunning landscapes, ancient civilizations and ethnic groups, unique traditions, and amazing wildlife of the vast African continent. With 25 fun projects that kids can complete using common household supplies and many recycled materials, kids learn about life in Africa. Step-by-step instructions show young readers how to make their own shields for an initiation ceremony, cook banana fritters and fufu cakes, and design animal masks to commemorate the seasons. Kids will celebrate Africa and its place in our world.

Available In:
Hardcover, $21.95
9781934670422
Paperback, $15.95
9781934670415
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Maps | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | black and white interior | 128 pages
Subject: Social Studies
Content Focus: World History

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction
One Continent, Many Worlds

Chapter 1
Natural Wonders

Chapter 2
Minerals

Chapter 3
Wildlife

Chapter 4
Great Civilizations

Chapter 5
Hunters, Herders, and Farmers

Chapter 6
Ethnic Groups

Chapter 7
Homes

Chapter 8
Food & Daily Life

Chapter 9
Games & Toys

Chapter 10
Clothing & Adornment

Chapter 11
Music

Chapter 12
Ceremonies & Masks

Chapter 13
Language & Storytelling

Chapter 14
Overcoming Challenges

Glossary
Index