We just learned about the Phoenicians in Story of the World. We learned that Phoenicians were famous for their coloured glass and glassblowing. We made pretend coloured glass from wax paper and crayon shavings as an activity to go with this lesson, following the instructions in the Activity Guide. To grate the crayons I used a rotary cheese grater that had been sitting in my drawer for over a year and never used. (We grate cheese often but use another grater.) This one is now reserved for crayon use, it worked really well! Jitterbug especially liked using it. (That’s our sugar cube pyramids on the table next to him.)
That tongue comes out any time he is concentrating on something. Sigh. I’m in love with this kid.
Crayon shavings look so pretty!
The directions said to choose a picture, lay it on a piece of wax paper, then cover it with crayon shavings and coloured thread. Lay another piece of wax paper on top and iron. This is Skeeterbug’s.
We made a collage from the leftover crayon shavings. That gold-coloured crayon was harder to melt than the other colours.
Once the crayon is melted it’s a bit hard to see the picture behind it. You can just make it out if you hang it in a window and let the sun shine through it. Here’s Skeeterbug’s, he is the only one that used some of the thread.
Jitterbug was disappointed and thought I’d ruined his when I ironed it. I think he just enjoyed grating the crayons and thought I’d ruined his hard work.
Ladybug placed her crayon gratings all in a lump so I spread them out a little for her. I’m surprised she chose only one colour.
Here’s the collage we made from the leftovers.
This counts as an art project, right? That’s what I like about the hands-on history and science we do. There’s other things worked in.
We also made Phoenician bread from the recipe in the SOTW Activity Guide. Ladybug was my helper.
Skeeterbug wandered in and asked if he could have a piece of the dough. I tore off a small piece for each of them. A few minutes later I saw that Ladybug had torn herself a piece from each one of these to eat. Her mouth was full of dough! Sneaky girl.
She loved stacking these and moving them around on the tray. The recipe called these pita bread. They were quite thick (we used wholemeal flour). Bland but very filling, good topped with cheese. One of the other projects for this chapter is to make dye from blueberries or red cabbage and use it to dye pasta. We might come back to that one, I think the kids would be fascinated.