Peach Blossom Scroll

Peach Blossom Scroll

In the seventeenth century, an artist painted the fable The Peach Blossom Spring on a long piece of silk called a handscroll. Handscrolls are viewed from right to left. Design your own handscroll based on the fable.
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Make A Roman Coin

Make A Roman Coin

From Ancient Civilizations: Romans!

Coins were introduced to ancient Rome around 270 BCE. Before then, Romans traded goods for other goods. Roman coins were made of gold, silver, or bronze and often had the face of the emperor on one side.

Black-Figure Vase

Black-Figure Vase

From Ancient Civilizations: Greeks!

We know a lot about ancient Greece by studying their vases, which illustrated everyday life. Want to tell future archaeologists about your life? Make your own Greek-style vase.

Collar Necklace

Collar Necklace

From Ancient Civilizations: Egyptians!

A fancy, ancient Egyptian collar necklace is called a wesekh. They were originally amulets used to help protect people in the afterlife.

Design a Cup

Design a Cup

From Ancient Civilizations: Aztecs, Maya, Incas!

Become an ancient Aztec or Maya artisan in this activity.



DIG Magazine
"Explore Ancient Chinese Myths is a great addition to the Explore Your World series, especially the neat projects—25 of them, including making a bronze bowl, handmade paper, and even a Mulan poster. Don’t miss this one!"

School Library Connection
"This resource is packed with a little bit of everything regarding ancient China. The bulk of the book is thorough and descriptive informational text about China’s land, people, traditions, and religions. The importance of storytelling in Chinese culture is woven throughout, and readers will be introduced to numerous Chinese myths, legends, and fables."

Sarah Allen, author of The Shape of the Turtle: Myth, Art, and Cosmos in Early China Professor Emerita of Asian Studies, Dartmouth College
“ This is a wonderful introduction to Chinese culture as well as ancient Chinese myths: fun, accurate, cleverly designed, and highly informative.”


Project Templates

Reading Explore Ancient Chinese Myths! now? Download your Relief Map of Ancient China template here.


Detailed Book Description

Who is the lady who floated to the moon? Did a monkey really hatch from an egg? Did tears bring down the Great Wall of China? Does the sky rest on the legs of a turtle? In Explore Ancient Chinese Myths! With 25 Great Projects, readers ages 7 to 10 soar on a journey through ancient China to learn about history, geography, science, and art through stories that have been told and retold for thousands of years.

  • Readers will explore the history, geography, and culture of ancient China.
  • Presents a variety of myths, legends, and fables with corresponding activities to engage readers.
  • Promotes global awareness and encourages discussion about the influence of the past on the present.
Available In:
Hardcover, $19.95
Paperback, $14.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 128 pages



Let’s Explore Chinese Myths!

Chapter 1
The Land and People of China

Chapter 2
Teachers and Traditions

Chapter 3
Deities and Daily Life

Chapter 4
Arts, Music, and Festivals

Chapter 5
Inventions and Influence

Essential Questions