As part of the 5th grade Global Awareness Technology Project, Flow Circus recently visited Newington Forest Elementary School in Fairfax County, Virginia to introduce students to skill toys that have traveled the Silk Road. Students learned the history of 4 different toys and then had a chance to test their own skills with the various props. As one students commented while playing with a set of flower sticks, “I bet people that had these were never bored!”
In addition to using toys to illustrate how cultures interacted and influenced each other, we discussed how the materials used to make the toys varied based on resources available and/or new inventions. Below are excerpts from thank you cards/letters written by the students after the workshop:
I never knew that history could be about toys! Today really inspired me.
The best part was when you taught us about how they were made and how they got from place to place on the Silk Road. Thank you!
You were entertaining and you made learning a blast. I have gotten lots of ideas for my project.