Children’s Cloth Collar
To Make it
You will need:
A CIRCLE OF THICK CLOTH MEASURING 40 cm ACROSS (FELT IS A GOOD FABRIC TO USE BECAUSE IT DOESN’T FRAY). PENCIL/PEN. SCISSORS. RULER.GLUE. VELCRO. BEADS. BRAIDING. NUTSHELLS, ETC. FOR DECORATION.
- Draw a circle measuring 13cm across in the middle of your cloth. Cut out the smaller
circle and put it to one side.
- Now cut away slightly less than a quarter of your cloth collar. If the cloth starts to fray, turn the edges over and glue them down.
- Glue strips of Velcro onto each end of the collar. One strip needs to go on the upper
side of the collar, the other on the underside.
- Stick buttons, beads, painted nutshells, ribbon, or anything else you can think of onto
your collar to decorate it.
How to make a Canopic Jar
You will need:
- Cardboard Tube
- Paint for decoration
- Modelling clay
- Papier-mâché the tube & leave to dry.
- Paint the tube gold or brown.
- Draw a cartouche on the tube
- Write your name in the cartouche.
- Make the head of the Canopic jar out of clay. Mould and Shape the heads, and add ears and eyes, then other facial details. You can make heads of the Egyptian Gods, or simply invent your own four heads. Often the heads of the gods and goddesses wore striped cloths and headdresses.
Useful drama techniques
The children assume the role of Egyptian characters and are questioned by the remainder of the class, also in role.
- What is it like being a pharaoh?
- How many pyramids do you have?
- Are you frightened about losing power?
They can ask the questions either as themselves, so their point of view is outside the drama, or they can adopt a role within the drama and ask questions from this perspective. If the class is in role, this helps to focus the kinds of questions asked. This is a useful probing technique which seeks to develop knowledge of the characters’ motives, attitudes and behaviour and increases awareness of the complex nature of human behaviour.