Friday, February 15, 2013

Roman Numeral Coins

After reading Fun with Roman Numerals by David Adler, Charles was all excited about playing Roman soldiers and thought it would be cool to have some coins. So.....we made some.
Using Air-Dry Clay we formed our coins.

We used a stamp set I had and added images of Roman Numerals to each of the coins. We made I, V, X, L, C, D, and M coins.
We placed them on a cookie sheet and began the drying in a low temperature oven.

 Next we painted the coins using...

which I bought at WalMart. This paint was great because it washed off and it has pretty gold glitters.





Our fun time with clay and paint and a couple days of patience for things to dry and we ended up with..... 
Gold Roman Coins
Then the fun began. We played money games with Roman money - making purchases of horses, chariots, supplies, food, and weapons. We made payments and received change.

We also practiced making numbers with our coins. Here we make 45.
The boys also did a lot of playing Roman soldiers and mostly carried the coins around in pouches they made from plastic zip baggies and fastened to their belts.
We discovered that Roman Numerals are not difficult. In fact, they are FUN...just as David Adler had said in his book.
Check out a game we made, Roman Numerals Oh Nuts!


1 comment:

  1. This looks like a great activity. I pinned this one too.