Tess's Own Project Ideas
Tess's Own Color Pages
Broida, Marian. Ancient Egyptians and Their Neighbors: An Activity Guide. Chicago Review Press, 1999. (Children)
This book does not mention the Canaanites, but it is full of information and delightful projects concerning the Ancient Near East.
The Ancient Near East: A Bellerophon Coloring Book. Bellerophon Books, Santa Barbara, California, 1997. (Children)
This coloring book gathers images from the art and artifacts of the Canaanites as well as other Ancient Near East cultures.
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Canaan and Ancient Israel University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
A site written and geared to school-age kids and learning; great for adults, too!
Canaanite Activities for Ages 8-12, from University of Pennsylvania
A variety of activities to explore the economy, geography, history, and culture of the Canaanites. Some of the activities are specific to the University of Pennsylvania's museum, but there are many that can be done in any local learning environment.
Enchanted Learning: Khamsa Hand Project
A project for small children to make their own hamsa-hand art.
A site that has the Ugaritic alphabet, plus many other writing systems from around the world and throughout time.
Egyptian Clip Art
Not a site about Canaan, but the clip art is free, fun, and colorful; and the Egyptians, and Egyptian art greatly influenced Canaan and Canaanite art.
Folkwear Patterns: Children's Patterns
The pattern set entitled "Little Folks, #109" has an ecclectic collection of clothing patterns (including Turkish and Moroccan-style clothes) for infants through very young children.
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I have done this project in a school environment, and it went well with my age 5-6 students.
Gather together some age-appropriate objects: spinning tops, rubber balls, a large crayon, things of this nature. Have enough items so that each student will get the chance to find something. Gather together newspaper, small old paintbrushes, and a small garden trowel. Fill a small plastic bin with potting soil. Spread the newspaper out on a table or on the floor—it will help keep the table and floor surfaces clean; this can be a messy project. Have paper towels ready for students to wipe their hands clean, and be prepared to have them all wash hands at the end of the project.
Talk to the students about archaeology; how scientists can learn things about people of long ago by digging up things that they used to have. Read to them an age-appropriate book on the subject. Tell them to pretend that they are scientists in the future, and that they are going on an archaeological dig—you may even wish to write the word “archaeology” out for them so that they can see what it looks like. Tell them that they are going to dig up artifacts, things that people had and used in times long ago.
Have each student take turns “digging up” an "artifact," and carefully brushing off the dirt from the “artifact” with a small old paintbrush. Ask them to observe the artifact and tell the class what the artifact looks like, what it feels like, what it smells like. Ask Dr. (--fill in with the student’s name--) how they think the people would have used the artifact.
When class is finished, you may wish to send the “artifacts” home with each student or have the artifacts displayed in a “museum” area in the class for a week.
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I designed and created these color pages from classical pieces of Canaanite art, and as such, some of these color pages may not be appropriate for your educational situation. Please use your own judgement. The ancients had no qualms about showing the human form in art, and as such, much of their art shows the beauty of the physical body. If this is unacceptable in your learning environment, then please do not use these pages.
These images are free for your personal use. If you would like to use them with your organization or post them on a webpage, please contact me: admin at canaanitepath.com . Click on the small images to get larger ones for printing.
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This above page is designed to help families and educators teach about the ancient Canaanites, but it is also a resource for polytheist parents, and for those interested in teaching ancient Near Eastern cultures to their children.
To learn more about the Ancient Canaanites, see Canaan FAQ.
To learn more about Natib Qadish, Canaanite Religion, see the Introduction.
Whisper of Stone: Natib Qadish, Modern Canaanite Religion
available in bookstores and online.
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Retailers: Order through National Book Network (NBN) or contact me: admin at canaanitepath.com
Anointed: A Devotional Anthology for the Deities of the Near and Middle East
Available through some bookstores on request, and online. Proceeds go towards funding more anthologies and to charities. For details about charities see Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
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All original written work on this site is copyright © 2005, 2008, 2011 Tess Dawson, unless otherwise noted.
Please do not use without permission, proper crediting, and a link to my site.
All original artwork and photographs on this site are copyright © 2005, 2008, 2011 Tess Dawson, unless otherwise noted.
Please do not use without permission, proper crediting, and a link to my site. Coloring pages are for private use only; if you wish to use these for non-private use, please contact me: admin at canaanitepath.com
Natib Qadish: Modern Canaanite Polytheism is a site about Canaanite religion, also called Canaanite revivalism, or Canaanite reconstructionism. This site explores topics of interest for people who practice Canaanite religion, information regarding the ancient Canaanites themselves, and includes both ancient Canaanite religion and its modern counterpart.