Creating a model of a landmark teaches students about that country and culture. Each landmark has its own history. Some examples of landmarks to create are Stonehenge in England, the Pyramids in Egypt and the Liberty Bell in the United States. Stonehenge is thought to be a calendar. The Pyramids have been around for thousands of years. The Liberty Bell has been around for hundreds of years and seen as a sign of freedom, according to ushistory.org.
Use a brush to spread glue over a thin piece of cardboard. Sprinkle green model railroad grass over the glue. Coat the entire piece of cardboard.
Cut the clay with a knife into 3-inch pieces. Use your hands to shape the clay into a rectangular block shape.
Push a toothpick into one end of two of the blocks of clay. Place the two pieces vertically, toothpicks up. Set the other piece on top of the other two. Push them down onto the toothpicks. After the clay dries, put a dab of glue on the bottom pieces and glue them to the cardboard. Make several of these to make a circle.
Spread out the brown clay until it's a half-inch thick. Use the knife to cut out four triangles for the sides of the pyramid and one square for the base. Use the knife to make a brick design on each triangle.
Remove the four triangles and the square from the clay. Put the base of each triangle on each side of the square so the pyramid is standing up. Use your fingers to carefully press the edges together. Bring the tops of the triangles together. Use your finger to press the edges into each other.
Place the pyramid in the sun to dry.
To simulate the pyramids of Giza, repeat the procedure. Make two more pyramids of different sizes with the Great Pyramid being the largest of the three pyramids you construct.
- Model railroad grass
- Gray clay
- Plastic knife
- Tan clay
Be certain to use a plastic knife and exercise care with any kind of knife.
Wrap brown clay around a Christmas bell. In the front, use a knife to make a jagged crack in the center of the front of the bell.
Set the clay aside to dry.
Once the clay is halfway dry, remove the bell and let it dry all the way.
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