Friday, November 30, 2012

Catapult History Fun

This is a fun activity to do when learning about a time period in history when they used catapults when fighting. We did this when learning about Alexander the Great. Our resource book was the Usborne Encyclopedia of World History. 
Here is what we did.
On regular paper, I typed up questions that I wanted my girls to find the answers to as they read in the book. Then I cut the questions apart and crumpled them up to be little wads of paper and put those in a cup.  Those would represent the rocks that Alexander the Great used in his catapults. Then I made a simple target for the wall. The plastic spoon became the catapult, although it would be fun to also make a real catapult with craft sticks.
 The girls took turns picking a paper wad an catapulting it toward the target. After a few tries they opened the paper wad and read the question. Then they had to read the information in the book to find the answer.
After they answered all the questions they played a fun online game about Alexander the Great. The link for the game is below:

1 comment:

  1. Have been feeling very uninspired homeschooling wise recently and today had the good fortune to come across your blog - wow! Such great ideas! Should spice things up a bit:) Thanks for sharing.