Old Testament Days

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More than 80 projects drawn from archaeological evidence and Bible descriptions make Old Testament days come alive in this activity guide for children ages 5 to 12. Children can enjoy a desert picnic of dried figs, goat’s milk cheese, and lentil stew, or make a loose tunic like the one young Isaac wore on his family’s trek to the Promised Land nearly 4,000 years ago. They can make a painted throwing stick or a wooden paddle doll like the ones Moses might have played with in the Pharoah’s palace, and build toy ...
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Overview


More than 80 projects drawn from archaeological evidence and Bible descriptions make Old Testament days come alive in this activity guide for children ages 5 to 12. Children can enjoy a desert picnic of dried figs, goat’s milk cheese, and lentil stew, or make a loose tunic like the one young Isaac wore on his family’s trek to the Promised Land nearly 4,000 years ago. They can make a painted throwing stick or a wooden paddle doll like the ones Moses might have played with in the Pharoah’s palace, and build toy instruments like those the Israelites used to celebrate their return to Jerusalem in approximately 538 B.C. Games, recipes, crafts, and just enough historical background provide plenty of educational fun for home or school.

Uses more than eighty activities and projects to provide insight into life in the Middle East during the period covered by the Old Testament.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
Social life and customs of the ancient Middle Eastern world mix with Biblical lore in this unusual and very successful activity book. It has the oversize format and informal, inviting tone of other activity guides written for kids and their teachers without compromising the scholarliness of the subject or its treatment. Each page or two of highly readable text is accompanied by a clearly described activity or craft project intended to help readers have first hand experience with the subject they have just read about. "Living in Tents," "Prophets and Kings," and "Back to the City" are just three of the topics addressed in this way. The histories are recounted so compellingly that the reader wants to know what happens next. The accompanying activities are easy to follow, clearly related to the text, and meaningful upon completion. There are cleanly drawn, well-labeled drawings to illustrate both the text and the activities. This is a "must have" for religious schoolteachers and others wanting to know more about the lives of our Biblical ancestors.
Library Journal
Gr 2-5-Through an explanatory text and more than 80 hands-on activities and projects, Sanders attempts to provide a glimpse into the daily lives of people living 4000 years ago. Unfortunately, this effort falls short. The text includes many interesting facts and raises thought-provoking questions regarding both the everyday and religious life of the people, but the accompanying activities are quite uneven, sometimes creative and instructive, other times dull. Children may enjoy making an Egyptian paddle doll, but few will want to make a sleeping mat, dried bricks, or a measuring tape. Each activity is accompanied by a boxed list of materials needed. The black-and-white diagrams and drawings are clear but uninspired.-Teri Markson, Stephen S. Wise Temple Elementary School, Los Angeles, CA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556523540
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Series: Hands-On History Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 966,721
  • Age range: 5 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author


Nancy I. Sanders is the author of Bible Crafts on a Shoestring Budget, Favorite Bible Heroes, and more than 25 other books. She is a contributor to Better Homes & Gardens and Star Wars Kids. She lives in Chino Hills, California.
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