Year 1 Arts & Activities

  • Use this site for great pictures when making lap books.
  • Great Studio Projects in Art History by William Reid (ISBN 0825138523): This art history project book can be used in all four year-plans! There are 80 projects and the time period goes through the 1980’s.
  • Here’s real help with Feast Nights: food timeline and recipes galore! Enjoy!
  • Cookie Dough Recipe: A great alternative to salt dough maps.
    • 2 c. smooth peanut butter
    • 2 1/2 c. powdered milk
    • 2 1/2 c. powdered sugar
    • 2 c. white corn syrup
      • Blue icing – lakes and oceans
      • Green sprinkles – plains
      • Clear sprinkles – deserts
      • Chocolate chips – mountains
      • Red candy strips – rivers
      • M&Ms – capitals
    • Try Crayola’s Model Magic: a great lightweight soft modeling substance. It air-dries quickly, and after it’s dry, it can be sanded, painted, or decorated. Model magic can replace Fimo for most projects suggested in Tapestry.
    Unit 1 – The Books of Moses

    Week 1: Curtain Rises on Egypt: Gift of the Nile

    Week 2: Pharaohs & Pyramids

    Week 3: Egyptian Polytheism & the Judgment of God

    Week 4: Creation Through Noah

    Week 5: Abraham & Ancient Mesopotamian Civilizations

    *Recipes/Seder information under week 9

    Week 6: The Patriarchs: From Canaan to Egypt

    Week 7: In The Wilderness: The Tabernacle & the Law

    Week 8: In The Wilderness: Holiness – Worshipping God as God

    Week 9: In The Wilderness: Slaves to Warriors


    Unit 2 – All Governments Are Established by God

    Week 10: The Indus Valley, Hinduism, & Buddhism

    • Great information on carving stone. Many types and sources, great if you’re a mom leading this week’s craft.
    • How to make simple Soapstone Carvings.
    • Various forms of Pachisi, and ideas for making game boards and playing according to traditional rules in India.
    • A portable Pachisi craft from Crayola
    • Great interactive site about the Indus Valley. Find information about the “bead pot” mentioned in Year 1 Redesigned at this link.
    • For your model of a two-wheeled cart: check links here and here.
    • Ancient India: food and recipes.
    • Ancient India: clothing (sari, dhoti, and turban)
    • How to make a diorama
    • Ancient Indus Valley: homes

    Week 11: Ancient China: Confucius & Taoism

    Week 12: Ancient Americas

    • Make a gourd birdhouse. Parental supervision needed.
    • One set of instructions on making a gourd rattle or musical instrument called a Shekere.
    • Lure construction. Mine this website for information on making your own lures.
    • Lessons plans about Ancient Mayan art.
    • Make your name glyph using a Mayan syllabary. Also has info on numbers and background of their language.
    • Great coloring pages for Aztec culture.
    • Book suggestion by a user: Mexico! 40 Activities to Experience Mexico Past and Present by Susan Milord. This is a great book: you’ll use it this year and next. ISBN: 1885593228

    Week 13: Early Greek Cultures of the Bronze Age

    Week 14: Early Greek Cultures of the Archaic Period

    Week 15: The Promised Land: Conquest & Settlement

    Week 16: Israel’s Judges and Neighbors

    Week 17: The Rise of Saul & the Philistines

    Week 18: King David and the Phoenicians

    Unit 3 – Preparing the World for its Savior

    Week 19: Solomon’s Divided Heart

    • A fun video on Solomon’s temple.
    • Solomon’s Temple: pictures here and here.

    Week 20: The Divided Kingdom

    Week 21: The Assyrian Scourge: The Northern Kingdom Is Deported

    Week 22: The Chaldeans (New Babylonians) and the Babylonian Captivity

    Week 23: The Medes and Persians: The Israelites Return Home

    • Jerusalem Temple 3d model.
    • Purim is a Jewish holiday that was established in the book of Esther. On this site you will find a recipe for Hamentaschen and some helpful links.
    • Create your own clay seal!
    • Youtube video on tithing.
    • Another Purim site with lots of fun ideas, recipes, crafts, etc.
    • Make a Shalach Manos basket for Purim.
    • Persian art and artifacts

    Week 24: Persians and Greeks: The Persian Wars

    Week 25: The Golden Age of Greece and the Peloponnesian Wars

    Week 26: Greek Achievements: Science, Mathematics, and Philosophy

    Week 27: Alexander the Great: Preparation for Proclamation

    Unit 4 – In the Fullness of Time

    Week 28: The Etruscans and the Founding of Rome

    Week 29: The Roman Republic: Everyday Life

    Week 30: The Roman Republic Expands: The Punic Wars

    Week 31: From Republic to Empire

    • Celtic knotwork. Great instructions here, but don’t follow links on their website without adult supervision.
    • Create your own Celtic knots: links here and here.
    • Celtic cross-stitch pattern
    • History and symbolism of the Celtic cross… there are several nice pictures that will help you in your hands-on projects this week.

    Week 32: Imperial Rome: Backdrop to the Atonement

    Week 33: The Zenith of Imperial Rome: Backdrop to the Early Church

    Week 34: Rome Decays: Saints and Martyrs of the Early Church

    Week 35: Christianity Conquers Rome: Of Church Hierarchies

    Week 36: Western Rome Falls: Theology and Church Councils

    • Review Units 3 and 4.
    • Complete all hands-on projects this week for your Unit Celebration.