Monday, August 30, 2010

Figures in Motion: An interactive history lesson

Although I received my copy of Famous Figures of Ancient Times: Movable Paper Figures to Cut, Color, and Assemble
in plenty of time to participate in the From Left to Write book club, it took us a few weeks to locate the supplies necessary to create the moveable historical paper dolls from the book.

Creating the figures required scissors (which we had), a single hole punch (which we lacked) and a box of brads. (Brads!?! They're like the opposite of chads. And it took me the better part of a week to figure out what those little gold fasteners were called and another week to find a store that sold them!)

Once we were outfitted with the requisite supplies, Z went to town on the figures. She can cut out and assemble the pieces independently and she enjoys learning the names and biographical information behind figures like King David and Alexander the Great. It's amazing how cutting, coloring and assembling a figure can help information "sink in." Even I--notoriously bad at recalling dates and details from history class--immediately recognized and remembered the basics after handing one of the men from Figures in Motion.

If anything, we hungered for more information than the brief character sketches provided in the book. Z wanted to know if they were good or bad, what their houses were like, what they ate, and how they died.
Disclosures: I received my copy of Figures In Motion for free as a member of the From Left to Write book club. My link to the book as an affiliate link, meaning if you click through it to purchasefrom Amazon, I receive a small referral fee.