Or you could make it in somebody else’s yard. Doesn’t matter. The point is, we made our own miniature river in order to act out one of the stories in our history text. I came up with this idea because I thought it would be more interesting than just reading the story to the kiddos. See, when I do stuff like let them dig in mud on a Saturday, they have no idea it’s “school”. And since The Husband highly disproves of me digging up his beautiful suburban lawn, I found an area under some low trees that was mostly dirt.
We added crocodiles because, of course, it wouldn’t be the Nile without those.
Together, the Creek Kids and I learned that this was a very simplified version of the story. We found a longer account in the book Egyptian Myths.
- Do not do this project at the same time that your husband chooses to mow the lawn, so that just as you are about to open your mouth to begin reading, after you all laboriously built the river, he starts the lawnmower, oblivious to the stage of your project, thus drowning out your voice and causing your kids to go, “What? What are you saying, Mommy?”
- Do not do this project when your toddler has decided to wear underwear for the day instead of his usual diaper because as soon as you get your husband to go away with the loud mower, you will open your mouth to speak once again, and your toddler will pee all over his shorts and shoes.
- Do not spray bug repellent as an afterthought. After you and your kids have been unknowingly attacked by chiggers. That will become evident later. On account of the very itchy bites in some very unusual places.
Other than that, this was a very simple and fun project. Really, it was.