We recently learned about the Greeks and the friezes they carved into their temples. To go with our studies we made our own mini-friezes out of soap. This idea came from the Story of the World Activity Guide. First we looked at pictures of friezes using Google Images. Then we began by tracing the soap outline onto paper and drawing a picture of what we wanted to carve.
We used the cheap, generic soap from Woolie’s. It was very soft and easy to carve using just a butter knife and our wooden clay tools.
Ladybug had much fun drawing and making marks in her ‘stone’.
Next, time to carve. I chose to do a simple cross because it was easy, and it’s almost Easter.
Jitterbug put full effort into his!
Our finished work. Skeeterbug made a tree. Can you tell?
I helped Ladybug make an ‘L’.
I also helped Jitterbug make a ‘J’. If you can’t tell, he’s my goofy child. He loves to make faces for the camera.
Here’s the one he did by himself. It’s a flag. You can just see the flagpole down the left and stripes going to the right.
Fun, but I think I got more enjoyment out of it than the kids! They found it frustrating to not be able to make exactly what they wanted. Jitterbug wanted to make a man holding a sword. A bit ambitious!
We admired these for a little while and then placed them in Ziploc bags, the soap is a bit smelly. Clean up was a nightmare. Soap flakes everywhere!!!