The Great Wall of China was built over centuries and numerous dynasties. The main reason for building the Great Wall was to keep invaders from the North out. The Great Wall of China is considered the largest human building endeavor, it is estimated over a million lives were lost in building the wall! A home activity I felt that could coincide with learning fun facts about the Great Wall of China is building your own Great Wall of Friendship, Love, Positive Quotes, etc.
- Melissa and Doug Cardboard box set or any cardboard box that can be repurposed as a brick (I used old cereal and snack boxes)
- Construction paper if you want your wall to literally be on the wall :)
- Permanent marker
- Do a mini lesson on the Great Wall of China
- Tie in the idea of protection extending beyond physical harm but emotional harm as well. Discuss ways in which harm can come emotionally like saying mean/hurtful things.
- What words combat this harm? Discuss how you as an adult combat things that are said that are hurtful to you.
- With my daughter I talked about learning how to know if what was said was purposefully hurtful or criticism that could help me be a better person.
- A discussion on not being able to control other peoples actions but your response/reaction. Building the wall of affirmation in our house focused on understanding that we only have control over ourselves. So as we wrote the words we focused on that. Example: I will not whine when mom says no (very idealistic but I went with it lol)
- We built the wall and it immediately got knocked over (the five year old couldn't resist) but it is something I am sure to circle back to with different stages in her socio-emotional growth.