Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa Quiz

  1. Who painted the Mona Lisa? Leonardo da Vinci
  2. What country did the painter live in? Italy
  3. What forms of art did Leonardo da Vinci like to work with? Painting, inventing and designing new technologies
  4. What are some modern inventions that people think Leonardo da Vinci originally designed? Parachute, helicopter, tank
  5. How many years did it take to paint the Mona Lisa? Four
  6. The king of which country purchased the Mona Lisa in 1508? France
  7. Which leader hung the Mona Lisa in his bedroom? Napoleon Bonaparte
  8. Which famous art museum in Paris houses the Mona Lisa now? The Louvre
  9. Who owns the Mona Lisa? The Government of France
  10. Who stole the Mona Lisa and hid it in his apartment for two years? A worker at the Louvre, Vincenzo Peruggia, who wanted to take it back to Italy

Mona Lisa Activities

  1. Find a picture of the Mona Lisa on the internet.  Who do you think the painting is of? A rich Italian woman? Leonardo da Vinci dressed as a woman?
  2. Draw or paint a copy of the Mona Lisa.  Imagine you are Leonardo da Vinci, or one of the many people who made copies of the painting. 
  3. Leonardo da Vinci loved to sketch pictures of different inventions that he came up with.  Try this yourself with a pencil and paper.  What are some machines or inventions that you think people in the future could use?
  4. While you are drawing, search and listen to some classical Italian music.  This may have been the type of music that the artist liked to listen to in his day. 
  5. Some popular Italian foods include tomatoes, lemons, olives and olive oil.  Search up a classic Italian recipe that kids can cook and make an Italian dinner for your family like Leonardo da Vinci might have eaten.  (link: https://www.kidspot.com.au/kitchen/recipes/collections/italian-recipes).  Don’t forget to have an adult help you!

Explorer Society, Episode 1: Full Steam Ahead

Lance and Cleo are time-traveling agents for the Explorer Society. Follow them to Industrial Revolution London to help famous inventor James Watt recover his stolen steam engine plans.

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The Great Wall of China

Quiz

  1. When was the Great Wall of China built? Over 2,000 years ago. 
  2. How long does the wall run? More than 13,000 miles across northern China
  3. Why was this wall built?  To unify the new Chinese state and keep out northern invaders.
  4. Which emperor ordered the unified construction of the northern wall? Emperor Qin Shi Huang in the 3rd century B.C.  
  5. What is the difference between farmers and nomadic people?  Farmers stay largely in one place and grow their food; Nomadic people hunt animals and move with them as they move.
  6. Who was the biggest threat to the new Chinese kingdom when it was unified?  The Mongolian people to the north.
  7. What was the Great Wall originally made of? Rammed earth and stones.
  8. Who was the leader of the Mongolian people when they attacked and conquered China?  Genghis Khan
  9. Can the Great Wall be seen from space? Yes!
  10. What is the most famous stretch of the Great Wall that runs northwest of Beijing called? Badaling

Activities

  1. Print a map of Asia and color the area of China in red. Color the area of Mongolia north of China purple.   
  2. On your map, draw a line where you think the Great Wall of China runs.  Now look up a picture on the internet.  See how close you were with your guess. 
  3. Draw a picture of the Great Wall close up.  Include a watch tower or a pagoda.  What else could you add to help fortify, or strengthen, your defence of the wall?
  4. Tea – Legend has it that around 2737 B.C., a Chinese ruler was sitting in his garden.  He had a pot of drinking water at his elbow.  A leaf fell from a nearby tree and drifted into the pot of water.  This inspired the creation of tea!  Tea is a very popular drink in China. Together with an adult, make a pot of tea for your family.  You will need boiling water, tea leaves, a teapot and strainer.  Try some different flavors of tea.  What is your favorite?  Why do you think tea helped keep Chinese people and other tea drinkers healthy throughout history? [answer: boiling water is good for hygiene, killing bacteria]
  5. Food – In ancient China, people ate rice, soybeans, cucumbers, pork and chicken.  Look up a recipe for a stir-fry using some of these ingredients.  Together with a parent, try cooking a traditional Chinese meal for your family.