Make a Plumb Bob

Make a Plumb Bob

Ancient Romans used simple tools to build their roads, homes, buildings, and aqueducts. One of these simple tools was a plumb bob. A plumb bob uses gravity to help a make a straight line. Plumb bobs worked so well that many carpenters and builders still use them today!
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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.



School Library Journal
“Six chapters with colorful titles begin with facts about the topic under several subheadings… the step-by-step directions are well written, and easy to follow..the activities are creative. The book is illustrated with humorous (but not realistic) black and white cartoon art …. It will be of interest to children and their teachers as well as homeschooling families.”

DIG Magazine
“Explore Ancient Rome! By Carmella Van Vleet offers a variety of projects, accompanied by explanatory history text, designed to stimulate readers' interest in this ancient culture. Among them are making an aqueduct, designing a villa, creating an oscillum and designing a theater mask.”

Detailed Book Description

Explore Ancient Rome! invites young readers ages 6-9 to investigate the fascinating civilization of ancient Rome through 25 activities and experiments. Kids learn about ancient Roman homes, food, playtime, clothing, conquests, gods, entertainment, and more. Activities range from creating an amphora and making a tunic to baking bread and hosting a Roman feast. By combining a hands-on element with riddles, jokes, fun facts, and comic cartoons, kids Explore Ancient Rome! and develop an understanding of how this ancient civilization laid the foundation of our modern world.

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Paperback, $12.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Maps | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | black and white interior | 96 pages
Subject: Social Studies
Content Focus: Ancient Civilizations


Let’s Explore Rome!

Chapter 1
Home Sweet Villa

Chapter 2
Eat Like a Roman

Chapter 3
Time for School

Chapter 4
Be Glad You’re  Not a Gladiator!

Chapter 5
High Fashion

Chapter 6
Emperors Rule!

Chapter 7
Gods and Goddesses