- Maps & Directions
- Scale & Estimation
- Coin Embossing
About This Crate
Photo by Chris Lawton via Unsplash (CC BY-SA 2.0)
- Did you know? The earliest known map of the world was made in Babylon nearly 3,000 years ago.
- Phones and cars can give directions thanks to something called the Global Positioning System (or "GPS"). GPS uses satellites to tell your device exactly where on Earth you are — and where you're going!
- To prevent others from copying their maps, mapmakers sometimes include tiny mistakes on purpose — like a street that doesn't exist! These mistakes are small and don't prevent people from finding their way, but they help catch copycats, who get tricked into copying down wrong information.
Repurpose your crate
- Kiwi Crate box
- cracker or cereal box
- liquid school glue
- aluminum foil
- cotton swabs
- Ask a grownup assistant to help you cut a few cardboard circles from your empty Kiwi Crate box. To get perfect circle shapes, try tracing something round—like the gold coins from your crate.
- Cut some small shapes from a cracker or cereal box to decorate your coins. Make sure the shapes are smaller than the circles you cut out in Step 1.
- Glue each small shape to a circle to make a coin. If you want to make more detailed designs, use a bottle of liquid glue to squeeze patterns onto the coins. When you're done, let everything dry overnight.
- When all the glue is dry, cover each coin with aluminum foil.
- Using a cotton swab, gently rub the edges of the designs (like you did in your crate!) until you can clearly see the outline of each shape. Now you have some shiny silver coins to stash in your treasure chest!
Try these at home
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