We learned about writing cuneiform on clay tablets.
I divided the bucket of clay into thirds and gave a handful to each kid.
It was cold and hard.
They molded the clay into their trays.
They realize how much work it must have been to get the clay tablets prepared for writing. And they would have been heavy!
So much easier to have paper and pencils ready available!
I provided a page from the Story of the World workbook with examples of simplified hieroglyphics and cuneiform writing corresponding to our alphabet.
The girls wrote their names in cuneiform:
Alex wrote his name and then molded his clay into a fox.
Of course, they all played with the clay until their hands were sore!