Ancient Rome: Togas and More

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Roman laurel wreath crown project, from History Pockets.

We’ve been learning about ancient Rome and doing some fun projects.

This week we made laurel wreath crowns and a toga, then the kids dressed up like the Roman emperors we’ve been studying.  This would also be a great go-along project for learning about the Olympic games.

The laurel wreath crown was inspired by History Pockets.  We took a paper plate and cut the middle out and a slit for the back.  We made a simple leaf template and traced it onto two shades of green paper.  The kids cut the leaves out and then we glued them to the paper plate.  We added a red ribbon, just like the ancient laurel crowns had.

“Toga! Toga! Toga!”

The toga is one long piece of fabric leftover from a party decorating box my relatives left in my basement (score!). So we borrowed it to make an easy and perfect toga. Here’s what we did: Tuck one end of the fabric into your waistband, wrap the material one and a half times around your waist, then sling it across your chest and over your shoulder. Tuck into the back of your waistband. Instant toga!

In between these fun activities, we’ve been reading our go-along resources about Rome. We have a large collection of books about Rome. For some reason I kept scooping them up at bookstores, homeschool conferences and such. But here are our very favorites:

More to come about ancient Rome. We’ll be studying it all month. Next up, catapults!

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