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Seven Wonders of the Ancient World Activity

Seven Wonders of the Ancient World Activity

While researching the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, we read about the heights of many of the wonders. We decided to get out our super-long tape measure so that we could get a feel for how high the monuments actually stood.

The Supplies

-a tape measure (We have one that measures out to 300 feet, but a smaller one would work as well.)

-notecards and a sharpie

-measurements of the Wonders (The measurements from our Wonders are below. Please note: we couldn’t find measurements for all Seven Wonders. Our two “missing” wonders are the Hanging Gardens and the Temple of Artemis.)

-rocks (to keep the notecards from blowing away)

-a really long sidewalk!

The Process

1. Research the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World with your munchkins. I will give you some resources below.

2. Write the heights of the Seven Wonders on notecards.

3. Gather your supplies and go outside.

4. Measure each one of the wonders. We measured them in order…..all at the same time. When doing it simutaneously, they can see how the wonders’ sizes relate to one another. We started with the shortest (Statue of Zeus) and ended with the tallest (the Great Pyramids).

5. Place the notecards at the appropriate place on the sidewalk. Place rocks on the notecards so they don’t blow away.

6. After we were done measuring, we walked along the sidewalk singing our Classical Conversations history song about the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World while looking at their heights. (My neighbors probably think we are completely looney! :) We probably are…..)



A Few Resources for Studying the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

1. A couple of library books we enjoyed…….

2. Clickable Map: Here is a clickable map with locations and information about each of the wonders.

3. More photos and information at


And a science note…….


While measuring our wonders, my 5yo ran up the sidewalk yelling, “Look, Mom!!!! FUNGI!” :) I know I am a little biased, but I am pretty impressed with my sweet little man’s ability to recognize fungi!

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How to Build a Catapult Out of Popsicle Sticks



When I looked over our Classical Conversations presentation schedule, I noticed that next week’s presentation is “How to Make/Do Something.” This was our favorite one last year! My boys love to build and create….and show their projects to others! At first, I was tempted to keep it simple… how to make a pbj sandwich or how to clean a toilet. (They could use a refresher course on that! …….hmmmm….Maybe their presentation could be on how to aim and hit the toilet……..probably not on the “CC-approved” list…. :) ) But, since I am terrible about doing crafty type things with my kids, I decided to put a little more effort into this presentation.

So….I went to my pinterest boards looking for ideas that related to our study of Rome. I came across an idea that I had pinned about how to build a catapult from Creekside Learning. As soon as I mentioned the idea of flinging objects across the house, my boys began grunting and hollering in a caveman-like manner. I guess that is a yes?

So….here it is… to build a catapult…….

The Supplies: popsicle sticks, rubber bands, a command adhesive tab, and a water bottle lid


Step 1


Step 2


Step 3


Step 4 (Be careful with this step. If you secure the rubber band too tight, then it won’t shoot very far. If you secure the rubber band too loose, then the catapult will fall apart. My older boys used ribbon on this step, instead of a rubber band. They thought it shot better with tied ribbon. I think that the rubber band was easier! You decide!


Step 5 (Make sure the tab hangs off the end of the popsicle stick. You will pull on this to fire the catapult.)

Step 6

Step 7…..Load and FIRE!

During our study of Ancient Rome, we learned that the Romans would travel the countryside looking for villages to conquer. They would build catapults and shoot rocks or flaming rags into the city walls. So, we decided to build a village to conquer….Roman Style! Their catapults are ready….

Can you see the fiery rag (AKA…lego) shooting towards the town? Watch out, villagers! Incoming flames! Make it easy and surrender your land to the Roman army….

After awhile we began to get creative with our projectile objects…….my oldest decided to test out a feather on his lego.

I decided that flying chocolate might help me cope with all of the mess that they created…..


See why I needed chocolate?


I might need some coffee, also……


If you want to read more about Ancient Rome, check out the See Inside Ancient Rome book published by Usborne. Because we loved the See Inside Ancient Egypt book during our Egypt unit, I knew that we needed to check out the one on Rome!

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Ancient Egypt Unit

Over the last few weeks, we have been studying Ancient Egypt. While we didn’t get to most of the things on my pinterest board, we still enjoyed it! I will choose to feel success over the things we DID accomplish, and I’ll NOT feel guilty over the things we did not. Classical education asks us to repeat, repeat, repeat. I’ll save the other ideas for next time! Here are a few of the things we did…….

A Visit to a Local Museum

During our studies, we decided to visit a local museum’s Ancient Egypt exhibit. It was our first visit to a “real” museum. We had a museum docent following us the entire time. I can’t imagine why she felt the need to follow three little boys through a maze of ancient artifacts! Some of my pictures are fuzzy because I couldn’t use a flash. If my boys could have stood still, then they might have been in more of these pictures. But, the mummy…..well…he stood still for his picture! :) Also, I can’t put captions on the exact names of these items. I was too busy saying, “Don’t touch…..don’t touch….don’t touch….don’t touch….” to be able to take notes for you. Sorry.


The Books

We read several books, but these were our favorites!

1. Ancient Egypt History Detective- My 10 yo loved this book! It is so rare for him to get excited about a book that I have to sing it’s praises! And then……order every other book in the series! First, the book taught him about Ancient Egypt. At the end, it presents a mystery story to the reader. The child uses the clues to figure out the criminal. He loved it! Okay….the final review comes from my son. He asked me, ” Can I read more?” Enough said. (Please note that he HATES reading! We’re working on that.)

2. See Inside Ancient Egypt- The entire family enjoyed this book. While it is a “look-inside” book with flaps, it is packed with information about the Egyptians. It is simple enough to include my 5yo, yet it still taught my older boys some valuable facts.

3. Croconile- This is a simple picture book, but it is a quality story, filled with amazing illustrations.

4. The Egyptian Cinderella- Although my boys will never admit it, they loved this book! In their eyes, it is very uncool to like a Cinderella book, so don’t tell! Shhh…….

Hot Dog Mummies

To make edible mummies, we needed hotdogs, mustard, and breadsticks in a can.

Wrap the mummy (hotdog) in linen cloth (breadstick dough). Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.


Once it is baked, make “eyes” from the mustard. I dipped a toothpick in mustard and then poked it in the hotdog.


This recipe originally came from Family Fun. For more detailed directions, check out their recipe for Hot Dog Mummies.

What are your favorite Ancient Egypt books or activities?


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