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By Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt, Tom Casteel

Age variety: nine - 12 years the superb accomplishments of the traditional Maya in addition to the Maya at present dwelling in Mexicos Yucatán Peninsula are highlighted during this choice of 25 artistic, academic, hands-on tasks. masking every thing from the 20-base numbering method to the Mayas wide alternate relationships, little ones find out about appeasing the gods with a «jade» ceremonial masks, language improvement with a screen-fold booklet for drawings and hieroglyphs, and Maya astronomy with a sand artwork photo of the cosmos. Informative textual content and sidebars train in regards to the Mayas remarkable achievements in technological know-how, math, language, track, drugs, and structure and their day-by-day actions and administration of ordinary assets.

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Use a pencil to draw a line around the stick where it meets the gourd. Remove stick the stick and add a line of hot glue to the pencil line. Carefully slide the stick back in the hole, so that the glue seals the gourd and stick together. This also stops your beans/ rice from spilling out. Allow the glue to dry for a few minutes. 5 6 Hold the rattle by the handle and paint the gourd brown. Add more texture to the gourd by adding squiggle lines or speckles with your black and yellow paints. Allow the paint to dry by placing the rattle handle end into a drinking glass.

Experts at self-mutilation. Maya kings often used shark teeth and stingray spines to make wounds in their bodies. Stingray spines are angled in one direction—and cause considerable pain if pulled out backward—so they were perfect for the kings to use to pierce their bodies. Royal wives also ofered up their blood so they could speak with the gods. One of the most famous records archaeologists have discovLady Xoc, a royal wife, offering up her blood to the gods. ered of kings and queens making blood sacriices is a carving of Lady Xoc, wife of Yaxchilán king Shield Jaguar, which was made around 725 CE.

Braid several long pieces of raffia and then glue the braids around the hat for decoration. 6 2 Separate one husk from the pile and lay it on the table so the narrow tip is pointed away from you. Run a thin line of glue down one long side of the husk. Overlap it with a second husk, making sure that the pointed ends (the ones away from you) are touching. Press the husks together, setting the glue. You can staple the husks together instead if you prefer. 3 Continue to overlap the husks until you have made a circle, with the pointed ends in the center of the circle.

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