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Recycled History | Re-Purposing Projects for Hands-On Learning

Today’s Guest post is from Gypsy Road

It’s easy to make costumes and hands-on projects from re-purposed items around the house!  My kids are always using things that they find lying around the house….scotch tape, aluminum foil, cardboard…nothing is safe!  Occasionally, if they have a “vision,” we will head to the Goodwill (or a garage sale, if it’s summer) to pick up random extras for anywhere from a dime to fifty cents.  What they learn from creating these things, though, is worth considerably more than that negligible cost.
These are some Ancient Greek-era costumes and crafts that they designed and created while we were working on that unit in our World of Adventure curriculum.  If you like these tutorials, please consider purchasing the book that they have written, Recycled History, which spans from Ancient Egypt through World War II.  (There are two more Greek-themed projects in the book.)  All proceeds from the sale go directly into their Lego Mindstorms fund, so that they can get creative on a robotics level!!
 
These tutorials were written by my ten-year old son.  They are written for kids, from the perspective of a kid.  I hope that your children enjoy them!


Ancient Greek Vase

Supplies :
Directions :
  • Roll the play-doh out into a long rectangle, very flat.  Keep a little bit off to the side if you want to make handles.
  • Wrap the play-doh around the soup can and mold it to the can.  
  • Create a handle for your pot.  Mold it onto the pot.
  • Have your mom put it into the oven at 100 degrees for about twenty minutes.
  • After it cools, use black paint to put designs on your vase.
  • Let the paint dry, then have your mom stick it in the oven for another twenty minutes.
  • Now you have an antique vase!

Greek Gladiator Costume

 
My mom and I made this gladiator costume while we were studying Rome.  It can go with the Roman body armorhelmets, and shield.  We like to act out the scenes when she reads to us from We Were There with Caesar’s Legions, which is a really old book, but really cool!
 
We’re finishing our unit on Rome and are starting a unit on Greece, so I will be making lots of Greek sculptures and art in the next couple of weeks.  
 
Supplies :
 
Directions :
  • Following directions on pattern, cut pieces to fit.  Sew with sewing machine.  Be sure to sew pieces together correctly the first time, as seam-ripping with this material is difficult and leaves large holes!
  • Using velcro, finish belt and helmet straps.  We made two settings for each, so that both boys would be able to use the costume.
  • The pattern called for feathers, but we found these very difficult to use and came up with this idea instead.  It worked well, and was considerably cheaper.  Cut a piece of cardboard to fit within the top helmet pieces.  Glue red yarn pieces across both sides to create the red headdress.  Once glue is dry, carefully stitch piece into leather sides with a large sewing needle.
 
****If you like these tutorials, please consider purchasing the book that they have written, Recycled History, which spans from Ancient Egypt through World War II.  (There are two more Greek-themed projects in the book.)  All proceeds from the sale go directly into their Lego Mindstorms fund, so that they can get creative on a robotics level!!****

 

Thank you Gypsy Road for this great tutorial!  You can visit Gypsy Road on facebook and check out their homeschooling travels – complete with unit studies, lots of freebies, and reviews. Join them!!!

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