Over the last two weeks, in Big Buddy's history curriculum, we've been reading about Babylon and King Nebuchadnezzar. History is probably Big Buddy's favorite subject; he enjoys hearing old stories and learning about ancient cultures. As we make are way through the The Story of the World: Ancient Times, I've been very impressed with Big Buddy's ability to remember details and his continual thirst for me knowledge. I supplement with lots of other books and Big Buddy is constantly asking me to read him another book/chapter.
After reading about The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, I thought Big Buddy would enjoy creating his own version. I'm constantly saving interesting junk and had some cardboard toy packaging pieces from Christmas that I thought would be the perfect base. I then gathered up a few other craft materials and set Big Buddy free to design his own hanging gardens.
Other than setting out a book for Big Buddy to reference I didn't really give him much instruction. The book pictured above is DK Eyewitness Books: Mesopotamia, which has been a great resource for studying Ancient Mesopotamia. If you are looking for more Hanging Gardens of Babylon resources I'd also recommend the books: Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by Diana Bentley and Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by Micahel Woods. The cartoon, Time Warp Trio: The Seven Blunders of the World, (about three boys who travel back in to time) was also a fun way to reemphasis some the facts we had learned; you can watch the video for free on you-tube, here.
Big Buddy especially liked being able to use the glue gun. Surprisingly, Jeremy, who absolute hates it it when his students use a glue gun for there models only had praises for Big Buddy's work - I guess it pays to be his son...and only six.
My favorite part of Big Buddy's garden was the river across the top and the waterfalls to the grounds below.
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