Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sealing and Writing a Letter

I get so excited when I can combine two subjects at one time.  Recently we've been studying how to properly address a letter and in history we are focusing on the middle ages.  So, I combined the subjects and the kids wrote a letter to each of their friends and then we sealed it with wax as they did in the 1600s.  It was great fun and although the finished project wasn't a perfect replica, I think they got the general idea.

We shaped our seals from play dough and baked until firm.

A day later we dripped wax from a Halloween candle onto the letter and let it sit for a bit.  When the wax was a slightly, but not completely firm, we pressed it with our seal.

I do not know how it will survive the mail delivery, and the post office probably think we are nuts for using wax instead of a piece of tape, but we sure enjoyed the project.

What subjects have you been able to combine when teaching your children?


Theresa said...

very cool!

Three Thinking Mothers said...

I love this!! We combined some measurement/math and Roman history last week!

Thanks for linking your blog to Three Thinking Mothers!

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