Secrets of Ancient Cultures the Maya: Activities and Crafts from a Mysterious Land

Secrets of Ancient Cultures the Maya: Activities and Crafts from a Mysterious Land

by Arlette N. Braman, Michele Nidenoff
     
 

Discover the ancient Maya culture with these fun games and activities!

Make a Maya pyramid. Mix up a Chili Chocolate Drink. Create a macaw headdress. While reading The Maya, you'll have a great time exploring the cultural traditions of this innovative people as you learn to write in the Mayan language, make a mosaic jade mask in the likeness of one of their

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Discover the ancient Maya culture with these fun games and activities!

Make a Maya pyramid. Mix up a Chili Chocolate Drink. Create a macaw headdress. While reading The Maya, you'll have a great time exploring the cultural traditions of this innovative people as you learn to write in the Mayan language, make a mosaic jade mask in the likeness of one of their rulers, and test your skills as you play Maya games.

This book is filled with activities and projects that will show you how the Maya people lived and played, as well as how they managed to create a civilization that lasted almost 4,000 years! You'll learn about the bravery of Maya warriors as you construct a war shield. You'll discover how to read ancient Maya hieroglyphs and even create your own glyph rubbing, just like the scribes used to do! You'll get to solve math problems using Maya numbers–and then come up with your own problems to try on your friends! Plus, you'll find lots of amazing Maya facts on topics ranging from history and government to foods and arts to science and architecture. So be prepared for lots of fun as you discover the ancient secrets of The Maya.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Do you know when you would celebrate your birthday in the Mayan culture? If you lived during that time, what games would you play? This book presents a history of the ancient Maya civilization, including daily life, Society in general, food, art and architecture, science, math, and writing. After explaining each aspect of the Mayan culture, the book suggests various activities, recipes, and crafts that will teach more about the culture. Some of these include: Making a mosaic mask, mastering Mayan math, Making Corn Cakes and Chili Chocolate drink, playing Bul (a popular Mayan game) and even planting a field. The book is well-written, with a fun layout and interesting graphics. Several of the words that may not be known to children are in bold, and the end of the book contains a glossary for them to find the meaning of the words. This 118 page book will make studying the Mayan culture a fun experience for young children. 2003, John Wiley & Sons,
— Nicole Peterson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471219811
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/28/2003
Series:
Secrets of Ancient Cultures Ser.
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
10.82(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

ARLETTE N. BRAMAN is a former teacher who has written articles for kids in such magazines as W.o.w., The Friend, and Pen & Ink. She is also the author of Kids Around the World Create!, Kids Around the World Cook!, Kids Around the World Play!, and Traditional Native American Arts and Activities, all from Wiley.

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