Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wednesday Ramblings...

In history the boys have been learning about the Phoenicians from our Story of the World curriculum.  I find it so amazing that civilizations as old as the Phoenicians were able to do the things they did.  Not only were they amazing sailors, but they were amazing craftsmen as well.  How they were able to figure out how to turn sand into glass is beyond me.  The boys were particularly fascinated with the part about the Phoenician town of Tyre and how purple dye was made from sea snail..  I'm sure the smell wasn't though.  Yuck!  Boiled sea snails.  Anyway, after we read about how they invented glass blowing among other things, we made pretend colored glass using crayon shavings and wax paper. 

Adam worked so hard sharpening his crayon piece in order to get enough of the shavings.
Look mom, dirty fingers!  Ryan having his turn now.
Melting time!

And there you have it...Phoenician glass...or whatever you'd like to call it.

I offered to try the other project which was making our own purple dye.  Using blueberries, not snails, thankfully.  However, the boys decided the pretend glass was enough.  Darn...  How was your day?

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