Friday, October 9, 2009

Learning about history

Last week before we were all knocked out from the stomach flu we had some fun with our history.  We read about the Phoenicians… One of the great trade items the Phoenicians had was a beautiful red-purple cloth. They would take expensive, luxurious fabrics and dye them and sell them quite successfully. The only drawback to this task was how they dyed them…. ACK!
They would catch snails called the murex snail in the Mediterranean Sea and by the net-fulls they would sit and rot…. blech!  Once they would rot there would be this goo that would rise to the top and it was a substance that they used to dye the fabric. 
Messy business….
Thus Phoenicia was a stinky, smelly city.
So to help make our lesson really stink, er, I mean stick the children and I made up our own stinky dye!
We took strawberries and blueberries to make a reddish-purple color and then we added our own stink of garlic!

We came out with a beautiful color and a lot of good memories in the making. I don’t think the kids will forget about this lesson for a while…
Enjoy your week!


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