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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Ships of Ancient Greece


Let's talk about an excellent activity to go along with your read-through of Chapter 24 in Story of the World.  This chapter covers the Wars of the Greeks, particularly Greece and Persia.  And it seems a good time to look in more detail at ancient Greek Ships. 

While there is an amazing wood hobby kit for a Greek Trireme available online, that price was a tad steep.  But I found a great 3D activity kit for you that is a much better price option. 

Now, I have some neat 3D activities in my Teachers Store.  I have "Ashurbanipal's Siege Tower", which looks like this:

And I have a pretty cool looking representation of "Babylon's Hanging Gardens", which looks like this:

Today's post, however, is a recommendation for an outside product, which has nothing to do with my Store (I wish it was mine!).  It is simply a REALLY neat product and a REALLY neat activity to add to your study of Ancient Greece or Rome.  I'm talking about this 3D puzzle available for sale by Cubic Fun.



Now, you'll notice (if you look closely) that this package offers 4 3D puzzles of ships and the one we are focusing on is the one called a Roman Warship.  Because in all honesty, it's pretty much what a Greek Warship would have looked like, too.  Just check out this explanation of Greek ships.


I absolutely love these 3D puzzles by Cubic Fun and we get them when we can, because the learning is taken up a notch or two when a child can play with whatever they happen to be learning about.  This barely arrived in our mail before our kiddo was ripping open the package to get to it. 


The foam core is easy to bend and not too tricky for a six year old who is comfortable with Legos.  He put this together completely on his own.  And then took it apart and put it back together several times over the next few weeks. 


If you need another engaging activity for children in the age range of 5 to 10, I'd definitely recommend this great option!  Please feel free to share in the comments, any other ideas you might have to better explore the ships of Ancient Greece. 

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