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.



Children's Indie Next List Book Pick, Fall 2008

Children's Literature
“In ancient China, wise scholars were experts in many subjects. This book will give young scholars the opportunity to learn about many of the same subjects. The book explains the dynasties, famous and influential Chinese citizens, and many of the inventions that came from China . . . This book is a great resource for adults teaching children about China or any of the disciplines rooted in China.”

“Great Ancient China Projects You Can Build Yourself is candy for the eyes and the brain.”

David Ehrlich, Professor of Film and Television Studies, Dartmouth College
“An engrossing read for children and young people. The integrated hands-on projects offer the young reader the chance to experience the excitement of technical and scientific discovery.”

Joan Kvitka, Education Director, Portland Classical Chinese Garden
“Children of all ages will gain a new appreciation for the complex ideas and inventions of China's history across 5,000 years.”

Willamette Week, Portland, Oregon
“For kids, learning about ancient China has always been a total snooze . . . until now!”

Detailed Book Description

Great Ancient China Projects You Can Build Yourself explores the incredible ingenuity and history of ancient China with 25 hands-on projects for readers ages 9 and up. Great Ancient China Projects covers topics from porcelain pottery, paper, gunpowder, and dynasties, to martial arts, medicinal healers, jade carvers, and terracotta warriors. With step-by-step activities, kids will learn how to construct a house with proper feng shui and create a simple Chinese hanging compass. Historical facts and anecdotes, biographies, and fascinating trivia support the fun projects and teach kids about this innovative society and its continued influence on modern culture.

Available In:
Paperback, $15.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | black and white interior | 128 pages
Subject: Social Studies
Content Focus: Ancient Civilizations




A Civilization Like None Other
Cities and Architecture
Writing and Education
Warriors and Weapons
Jade and Silk
Merchants and Trade
Explorers and Sailing
Healers and Medicine
Time and Space
Chang Heng’s Seismograph