Our boys have been reading lots of books lately and one of those was about the Great Wall of China. We have completed some activities in the past about China, but they just love looking and thinking about this magnificent Wall and the awesome way it was built.
Great Wall of China
This amazing Wall was built over 2,000 years ago by Qin Shi Huangdi during the Qin (Ch’in) Dynasty: 221 BC – 206 BC. It is the world’s longest wall and biggest ancient architecture. This wall winds over rugged country and steep mountains. It’s official length is 21, 196.18 km or 13,170.7 miles.
This wall is not a just a continuous line, there are many other sections including side walls, circular walls, parallel walls and even sections with no walls as mountains or rivers form a barrier. Amazingly, glutinous rice flour was used to bind the Great Wall bricks.
After researching the Great Wall of China , the kids built a small one on our table using sugar cubes, though we didn’t bind it together with anything. We used these free research worksheets for our study.
They just sat the cubes on top of each other. They used 2 packets of Sugar Cubes. I emptied the contents of the boxes into a plastic container, and the boys just built a wall the way they wanted. In the end, our Wall ended up nearly 1 metre long. It ranged from 2 – 4 sugar cubes high.
Afterwards, we spent a lot of time learning more about China with the help of this in-depth China Unit Study.
For some great books about the Great Wall of China, check out these ones below:
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