We are into our third week of Ancient Egypt at our co-op. Last week we talked about how important The Nile River was to the people who lived there and how they used the river to help sustain their life. One of the things the Egyptian people created to help them water their land was the Shaduf. The children in my class were instructed to build a Shaduf, in anyway they can. They could use whatever materials they wanted, but it had to work like Shaduf and they were to bring it in to share with the class.
My dd#2 came up with the idea of using her dad’s Erector Set and dd#3 came up with the idea of using a medicine cup for the watering bucket. Both girls started working on it, but after an hour they couldn’t get it it work properly, so… the dad steps in and adjusted a few things. For the weights, they used marbles. LOL The three of them together made this.
The girls were so proud. LOL The little ball of paper represents the water. One daughter swung the Shaduf around, while the other scooped up the water and dumped it out. It was a great success!
In PE they kicked around colored playground balls.