worked with leather, embellished shells, and woven on a loom in Prehistory.
put on the eye makeup of Ancient Egypt.
and now here we are in Ancient Greece!
We've done a LOT of studying on the subject of Ancient Greece, including dressing the part--doesn't Syd make an adorable Spartan?
--so we didn't spend a lot of time on this particular unit in the study. Syd read the chapter on Ancient Greece in The Complete Book of Fashion History, found a rectangle of fabric (it just happened to be the My Little Pony blanket that I gave her for Christmas last year), and I helped her assemble her chiton.
It's really very simple. The fabric gets wrapped under one armpit, and the edges are pinned at the opposite shoulder--don't pin them right at the corners, which will make the neckline gape, but at a comfortable spot for a nice boatneck. Pin up the other side at the shoulder, as well, and there you have your chiton!
We have neither made the decorative overfold nor added the belt--if your fabric is too wide, either or both of those will take care of the excess, but that My Little Pony blanket was made to be this kid's chiton!
For extra embellishment, the clips that hold the fabric at the shoulders can also be fancy. And if you were male, your chiton could be knee-length.
Here are some more hands-on projects for studying Ancient Greece:
- make a cookie and Jello map of Ancient Greece
- make a felt olive leaf garland (modify it from this tute, though, because this isn't what they looked like)
- DIY a set of Spartan armor out of cardboard and duct tape
- make Athena's shield (or any hoplite shield) out of a pizza pan, spray paint, and clay
- make paper Greek tragedy and comedy masks
- make papier mache Greek vases
- draw blackline on terra cotta pots
- construct a temple out of a giant box
- make a clepsydra
P.S. If you like hands-on homeschooling projects, check out my Craft Knife Facebook page, where I share all the awesome homeschooling and hands-on resources that I come across.