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Artsy Kids: Traditional Puebloan Pottery

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My children have been learning about Native Americans in History this year.  Our approach to History is very hands-on.  I feel, especially at this age, that exploration, discussion, and hands-on activities are much more important to learning to love History than fact memorization.  For our study of the Puebloan people, I found pottery craft kits sold on Amazon by Wildwood Craft Kits (these are also available at Mesa Verde National Park if you happen to be in the area).  These kits were so much fun, and really gave my kids an understanding of how the puebloan people make their pottery.  Here’s what comes in the kit…

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First, the kids had to work the clay…

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Then, they rolled it into a ball…

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They made a hole in the center of the ball of clay…

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And began forming the clay into pots.

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Once the pots were finished, they had to give them a few days to air dry.

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When the pots were dry, they polished them with a smooth stone.

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Then, they got ready to paint puebloan designs on the pots.  First, the kids had to chew the ends of the yucca stems to make paintbrushes.  They didn’t love this part.  The yucca stems tasted bad.

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Then, they mixed the paints and picked out designs…

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And drew the designs on the pots…

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And painted them.

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And here are the finished pots…pretty cool if you ask me!

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