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  1. Balafon (Large)

    Play an African instrument similar to a xylophone called a balafon. This instrument is a larger version of the balafon in the Sounds of Africa Experience Box. Learn More
  2. Life Along the Nile

    The Nile River was a source of water and life for the Ancient Egyptians. Examine a fishing net, papyrus paper, and other objects in this box to identify common themes of life along the Nile. Learn to operate a model of a shaduf, an ancient water-lifting device still in use today. Then, hold a debate about whether life in Ancient Egypt could have existed without the Nile River. Spanish language activity book and object cards are available upon request. Learn More
  3. Life in the Sahara

    For centuries, the Tuareg people have made the Sahara desert their home, by both adapting to the environment and trading with neighboring regions. This Experience Box includes a variety of materials that demonstrate the ways in which the Tuareg have adapted their lifestyles and economy to a desert. Learn More
  4. Hominid Evolution

    Learn about the sweep of hominid evolution! Using skull casts of three distinct hominid species, explore how scientists use various measurements to distinguish between the different species. Create a hominid family tree and hold replicas of some of the first tools used by hominids during the early Stone Age. Spanish language activity book and object cards are available upon request. Learn More
  5. Living Together: Shoes

    By examining shoes, we can explore the needs and desires of individuals around the world. This box contains various shoes from diverse cultures. Use them to discuss measurement by analyzing and comparing different shoes and their sizes. Practice classification and categorization by sorting the shoes into different groups. Finally, analyze Van Gogh's shoe paintings and create your own interpretation of his work. Learn More
  6. Ancient Egyptian Tomb Building

    People in Ancient Egypt had specific ways of paying homage to the deceased, which honored their cultural and religious beliefs about death. Work together to construct a model tomb of Unis-Ankh. Learn how the drawings were laid out on tomb walls using the Canon of Proportions grid and create your own drawings. Finally, design your own tomb, making decisions about construction, location, and important objects necessary for the afterlife. Spanish language activity book and object cards are available upon request. Learn More
  7. African Craftsmanship

    Explore some of the amazing techniques used by artists and craftspeople in different parts of Africa. Examine real calabash and metal objects and learn more about their design and creation processes. Learn More
  8. Ancient Egyptian Games

    All humans have a need to rest and relax from the stresses of everyday life! Ancient Egyptians were no exception. Enjoy leisure time as an Ancient Egyptian aristocrat might have with the game of Senet. Create your own Senet Board. Finally, reflect upon what other Egyptians without the resources to purchase or make the pieces of Senet might have played. Learn More
  9. West African Fabrics and Symbols

    Explore West African textiles and symbols. Five different types of West African textiles are included in this box. In addition, a traditional calabash stamp and set of rubber stamps depicting West African adinkra symbols can be used for decorating your own textile. Learn More
  10. Sounds of Africa

    This box can be used as an introduction to the science of sound, as well as to explore African cultures through music. By examining various African percussion instruments, come to understand how and why materials, force, resonance, and size of instrument result in unique sound. Discover the role music has played in different African cultures and how it has developed, based on factors such as location, materials available, and purpose. Learn More

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