History: Stonehenge

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We read about how Stonehenge was made, and how we aren’t entirely sure how they moved these hug 26 ton boulders from place to place.  Of course you can’t just read about Stonehenge without building your own Stonehenge.

009 So, build we did.  I’d read suggestions of trying this with rocks.  But, our local rocks are all limestone and come out in very irregularly shaped blobs, not good for many craft projects.  Next, I thought of bricks, but I’m sure someone would drop it on their foot, and then off to the ER we’d go.

010 Finally I remembered the Jenga blocks I had found at Michaels.  I ended up deciding to buy these instead of getting blocks from CSN stores (I can’t wait to show you what I ordered, a bunch of Christmas and birthday presents for the kids).

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This picture (above) is mere seconds before Batman decided to cause an “act of God” and destroy our Stonehenge.  We had a lot of fun talking through how to make it and how to best balance the pieces.
Princess eventually joined in on the act and made her own mini-Stonehenge.

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And of course it ended with the kid’s happily playing with the blocks, with a few extra guidelines added in.  I had to literally divide the blocks down the middle and give half to each boy, because that was starting to get ugly.

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15 thoughts on “History: Stonehenge

  1. oh very cool.

    You could also do this from styrofoam, cut it to shape, glue together and paint. I saw a brick wall made like this at a craft store and it looked fabulous.

  2. Fun! Stonehenge is one of the many places that C loved during his world wonder obsession. We actually found a small Stonehenge set at Borders that has all the pieces to build a replica. But we also started with wooden blocks originally.

  3. There's a “Stonehenge” in Washington, along the Columbia river – we always see it from the Oregon side on the way to the grandparents', but we've never stopped.

    Glad you managed to divide the blocks, before things got too ugly 🙂

  4. I went to the real Stonehenge when I was 9 or 10; it was pretty amazing.

    We have those same jenga blocks, my kids play with them all the time. They actually seem to prefer them over the Melissa & Doug blocks they got last Christmas…

  5. Great Idea! Love the Jenga Blocks part. Have you heard about Carhenge? My husband has put that on our list of place to visit. I thought it was interesting to show our son how others have tried to replicate too!

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