Uncovering Your Family History

Uncovering Your Family History

From Tools of the Ancient Romans

Like the stories surrounding the beginnings of Rome, most families have stories that have been passed down from generation to generation that may or may not be completely true.

Write a Letter in Greek

Write a Letter in Greek

From Tools of the Ancient Greeks

Using the chart, write a letter to a friend. Because the symbols are so different from the letters of the English alphabet, it’s almost like writing in code. In some cases the sound of a word is more important than its English spelling. For instance, you’ll notice that the Greek alphabet doesn’t have an F. So if you want to write the word fantastic, you’ll need to use Φ to begin the word.

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...

Peach Blossom Scroll

Peach Blossom Scroll

From Explore Ancient Chinese Myths!

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.



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.”

The Gazette.net
“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