Make Your Own Plastic

Make Your Own Plastic

While this recipe doesn't involve boiling lilies or eggs, combining the following ingredients over heat will result in a natural plastic that you can shape, dry, carve, and paint, very similar to Leonardo's plastic glass.
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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

The New York Times Book Review
"Anderson regales us with tales of Leonardo's brilliant, often mischievous nature, and the nearly unfathomable range of his inventions."

School Library Journal
"A welcome addition to schools."

Old Schoolhouse Magazine
"Will keep the kids occupied with constructive activities and is sure to spur on their own creative inventions."

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"More than an activity book, this nifty volume explores Leonardo's life, times and endless imagination."

KLIATT
"A pleasurable read . . . encourages the young reader to appreciate the unconventional pathfinder."

Publishers Weekly
"Bring[s] an immediacy to da Vinci's life and work."

Science News
"This educational guide gives children age 9 and up hands-on experience, using materials found readily around the house, with creating their own version of some of Leonardo's inventions."

Calliope Magazine
"Amazing Leonardo Inventions You Can Build Yourself by Maxine Anderson is a terrific resource, with its detailed step-by-step instructions, diagrams and templates for creating projects that Leonardo designed. The accompanying text introduces the reader, in a personal way, to one of the world's greatest inventors"

Curriculum Connections
"Anderson offers an ingenious introduction [to Leonardo] that cross the curriculum."

Science Books and Films
"The book is perfect for capturing a middle schooler's attention! Highly Recommended."

Chosen as one of "Our Favorite Things" for the 2006 holidays by Family Fun Magazine
"Decoding Da Vinci's sometimes ingenious, sometimes outlandish discoveries proves to be great fun in Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself ."

Children's Digest
"Experience the ingenuity of Leonardo da Vinci firsthand."

Children's Literature
"This is a book of fun and creativity."

Detailed Book Description

Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself introduces readers to the life, world, and incredible mind of Leonardo da Vinci through hands-on building projects that explore his invention ideas. Most of Leonardo's inventions were never made in his lifetime-they remained sketches in his famous notebooks. Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself shows you how to bring these ideas to life using common household supplies. Detailed step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and templates for creating each project combine with historical facts and anecdotes, biographies and trivia about the real-life models for each project. Together they give kids a first-hand look into the amazing mind of one the world's greatest inventors.

Available In:
Paperback, $15.95
9780974934426
Includes: Table of Contents | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 2-color interior | 128 pages
Subject: Social Studies
Content Focus: World History

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

Leonardo the Artist and Dreamer
Leonardo’s Useful Machines
Leonardo and Water
Leonardo in Flight
Leonardo’s War Inventions

Glossary
Resources
Index