Though you may be familiar words "Trojan Horse," but you may not know the legendary story behind it. The term comes from the ancient war between the Greeks and the Trojans. The Trojans lived in Troy on the coast of modern day Turkey. During the war, the Greeks pretended to acknowledge defeat by sailing away and leaving a huge, wooden horse as a gift for the Trojans. Unbeknown to the Trojans, the Greeks hit some of their mightiest warriors inside the wooden horse. When the Trojans brought the wooden horse into their city and started celebrating their victory, the Greek soldiers waited until nightfall and opened the gates of Troy to the Greek army. The Greeks then ambushed the Trojans, winning the war. If you are learning about the Greeks and the Trojans in school, you can make a project to commemorate the Greeks outsmarting the Trojans.
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As a project, you can make your own miniature Trojan Horse using small boxes. Gather up small boxes of different sizes. Tape these boxes together to form a horse. You can cut some parts of the boxes and use them to form ears and other smaller parts of the horse's body. Glue the Trojan Horse to a bigger box that can be used as a platform. Once that's done, cover the horse and the platform with tissue paper or newspaper using glue and water. After the glue, water and paper dry, paint the horse and platform brown and stick some wheels on the side of the platform, using modelling clay.
Trojan Horse Story Book
If you know the Trojan Horse story well, you can create your own Trojan Horse story book. You'll need paper, pencils, a stapler and markers. Write out the story of the Trojan Horse on some of the sheets of paper. Use the leftover paper to draw pictures that correspond with the story and colour them. Take the pages of the story and the illustrations and staple them together.
Trojan Horse Diorama
To make a Trojan Horse diorama, you will first need a shoebox. Decorate the inside of the box, by drawing the city of Troy, and colouring it with crayons or markers. Once the background is done, model a mini Trojan Horse and some soldiers, using clay. You can also opt to use cardboard cut outs of you do not want to use clay. When all the characters are finished and ready, attach them in the box using glue or tape. This diorama can be used as a classroom display.
After being oriented with the story, one whole class could collaborate to re-enact the story of the Trojan Horse. Some can be in charge of production, costume and make-up design, while others can be the actors. Divide the actors in to two groups -- one will be the group of the Greeks, while the others will be the Trojans. Have fun and be creative with the costume design and make-up. Feel free to experiment with masks or face paint.
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