This year the boys have been studying Ancient History. Even though we haven’t had a whole lot of time to devote to History this year, the boys have really been enjoying listening to the books and starting their own Book of Centuries.
They have been begging to do another History art project though, so the other day I handed them Old Testament Days: An Activity Guide and asked them to choose a project. They decided to build a ziggurat.
A ziggurat was a terraced pyramid several stories high. It is thought they were first built around 2500 BC by the ancient Sumerians, who lived in a region which now forms part of southern Iraq. The ziggurat was the tallest and most important building in a Sumerian city. The temple priests would walk up long rows of stairs to get from one level to the next.
Anyhow, it ended up being fairly easy to build. Here are the materials we used:
- Empty rectangular boxes of a variety of sizes (we used a tomato sauce box, a cereal box, a hot cocoa box and an empty box of tea)
- Glue (we also used a bit of tape)
- Craft or Tempera paint, brown
- Measuring Spoon & Cup
- Permanent Marker
After the first coat was dry, they made a mixture of cornmeal and paint (1 TBS of cornmeal to every 1/8 cup of paint) and added a second coat which gave texture to the walls of the ziggurat. When it was all dry they added stairs up the side and a door at the top.