So we started with Emperor Justinian and Empress Theodora. It would have been lovely to make a mosaic like were so popular in the churches and castles that Justinian built but I knew that just wouldn't work for our days...grout, tile pieces, glue, oh no, just wouldn't do. We did look at a lot of pictures though. So I chose the Crown of Theodora as our craft project from the activity book. My kids really love wearing the projects we make and we had a bunch of beans, beads, and pasta left over from last years seed mosaics that I thought could pass well enough for jewels. Plus we still have bottle caps from a project last year (thanks Uncle K), I pulled them out thinking they'd be good jewels and the kids really enjoyed those.
There's a definite difference with the way a 10 year old, 7 year old, 5 year old and 3 year old go about decorating with glue and beans.
Our finished products after a few days of drying. Everyone was happy with the way they turned out. I couldn't talk anyone into stringing necklaces to wear off the sides like Empress Theodora did...maybe next time.
|:: see his filled bottle caps to make green jewels - love ::|