Ancient China has had an impact on all of our lives from the clothing we wear to the food that we eat. What were people like in Ancient China? What makes this time period so interesting? How does it relate to the lives we live now half way around the world? The award-winning Mysteries In Time subscription box is a terrific way to introduce your children to world cultures along a historic timeline!
We are pleased to be sharing with you another Mysteries in Time sponsored this post; we’ve had so much fun using their Ancient Egypt, Vikings, and Victorian boxes, and keep on reading to find out about their Ancient China box!
If you haven’t noticed, I’ll point it out here how well these boxes are so easy to incorporate into life. The Ancient Egypt box complimented a unit study the children were working on at that time. The Vikings box helped the children learn more about them after they had attended a Viking Festival and their interest was piqued. The Victorian box corresponded with their attendance to the annual Victorian Street Fair prior to Christmas, and now the Ancient China box is fitting in perfectly with the approaching Chinese New Year! How wonderful it is when things come together like this!
What Is in the Ancient China box?
The children opened up the Ancient China box and looked inside to find:
- A book; Max And Katie’s Adventure In Ancient China.
- A booklet filled with interesting facts about Ancient China, as well as some fun activities.
- A packet of pencil crayons for colouring.
- The craft for this box is a kite!
- Stickers for the timeline (the map with the timeline is included with the first subscription box).
- In this box the surprise gift was a small wooden box of Dominoes that is great both at home and on the move.
- And don’t forget about the time machine box which can be coloured as well and is very useful for holding all sorts of things in your closet once the contents have been used!
How Did The Kids Use The Ancient China Box?
Maps and Books
My children had great fun learning and working their way through this Mysteries In Time box! They’ve seen photos of me on the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and the Temple of Heaven, and now they were transported back (even further in time than their ‘old fossil’ mother) through Max and Katie’s Ancient China Adventure book. The kids love to cuddle up in a big cozy chair or on the sofa and read the adventure books together.
But first, they found China on the Mysteries In Time world map that was provided in the first box and noted the countries surrounding it. They added a sticker of the Great Wall, and then thought it would be fun to add the kite sticker over the Pacific as well.
Speaking of kites, there is a kite kit included in this box for a craft. Every summer my children learn to make a different type of kite, and this was a new one for them. They set about putting it together, following the directions provided, and I had asked the to let me know when they were about half done so I could snap a photo of them as I was in the middle of putting together some freezer meals.
The next thing I knew, they were getting their coats and shoes on…they had so much fun with the kite that they had completed it already and wanted to head outdoors to catch some wind. It was a grey day with intermittent rain, but just then there was a break in the precipitation they took advantage of. Up and down the street they ran, learning how this particular kite manoeuvred. There really wasn’t any noticeable wind, but they managed to get their kite up and flying amongst laughter and cheers.
Tristan and Kallista always enjoy colouring the included pictures, and they look great as a collection on our walls, or in this case, our closet doors. Eventually, these pictures will find their way into our big geography binder along with the booklet and book so the children can look back and refresh their memories about China at any time.
Adding even more fun to this box is the set of Dominoes! They’re small which makes them easy to store and take along for train trips or holidays, too. This was the first time my children had played Dominoes and they really enjoyed it. There are many ways to play, and you can also make up your own rules as well.
And of course, let’s not forget the always-included booklet of facts and activities. This booklet provides lots of fun facts and information about Ancient China, and also puts to rest fallacies such as being able to see the Great Wall from space. Tristan loves reading these aloud to Kallista and then quizzing us parents about what he’s learned!
What We Think About Mysteries In Time’s Ancient China Box:
Over the past few years my children have been learning about China little by little through story books, my tales of a short visit to hike along the Great Wall, as well as through games, activities, and videos. This Mysteries in Time Ancient China box was a delight for them to pull it all together and learn even more.
My children happen to love learning about world cultures, which is a good thing because it opens up the world and makes life interesting. Of course, culture is intertwined with history and our present is a result of our past. Although our children may not yet understand that, or their own place in history, by learning about the histories of others, they can begin to understand more about how the world works and how they can make it a better place.
Like all of the Mysteries In Time boxes, this one provides intriguing facts, an interesting book, and fun games, crafts, and activities. The children love all of the elements and have fun with them, so they give it a big thumbs up. As a parent and home educator, I love to see my children learning about the world, and the fact that they enjoy it so much makes me happy, too. We can see why Mysteries In Time is a top-rated product!
Mysteries In Time Details
- Ages: 7-11
- Subscription: 1, 3, and 6 month subscriptions.
- Price: Classic Box, £7.95/month, + postage, Bumper Box, £12.95 + postage
- Where to purchase: Mysteries In Time
- Available: Worldwide
If you could travel back in time, where would you go, and why?
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