Discover the fascinating culture and unique customs of a lost civilization Thousands of years ago, the Earth was populated by dozens of amazing, unique civilizations. But one by one, these civilizations, from the Sumerians to the Celts, all disappeared. By studying the artifacts they left behind, we know that these people had fascinating cultures, from the small details of their daily lives to the rich spectacle of their royal courts. Kids will learn all about one of these lost civilizations in this first book in the "Secrets of Ancient Cultures" series. With The Maya : Activities and Crafts from a Mysterious Land, kids can explore ancient Mayan culture and history while they have a great time making things like a mosaic mask and a warrior's jaguar shield, tie-dying using the plangi method, and cooking up some delicious Mayan corn cakes and a hot chili chocolate drink. They'll also learn about Mayan writing, calendars, royalty, architecture, clothing, toys, music, games, and much more. Filled with fascinating facts and informative sidebars, this book make digging up ancient Mayan secrets easy and fun.
Table of Contents
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS.INTRODUCTION: THE ANCIENT MAYA.PART ONE: DAILY LIFE.At Work.Plangi Shirt.At Home and at Play.Wheeled Toy.Play Bul!Animal Whistle.PART TWO: SOCIETY.Farmers.Plant a Field.Warriors.Jaguar ShieldKings.Macaw Headdress.PART THREE: FOOD.Sacred Food.Corn Cakes.Xni Pec.Fire Food.Chicken Chili Pacal.Food of the Gods.Chili Chocolate Drink.PART FOUR: ART AND ARCHITECTURE.Weaving.Woven Wall Hanging. Mask Making.Mosaic Mask.Pottery.Painted Vase.Building.Temple-Pyramid.PART FIVE: SCIENCE, MATH, AND WRITING.Math.Master Maya Math.Writing and Language.Personal Glyph Rubbing.Books.Family Codex.Calendar.Birthday Glyph Amulet.Glossary.Index.
ARLETTE N. BRAMAN is a former teacher who has written articles for kids in such magazines as W.o.w., The Friend, and Pen & Ink. She is also the author of Kids Around the World Create!, Kids Around the World Cook!, Kids Around the World Play!, and Traditional Native American Arts and Activities, all from Wiley.