Monday, September 28, 2015

Building a Roman Road




We had beautiful weather last week.  The boys and I found a great spot near our shed to build a Roman road that they can enjoy until it deteriorates.  Note:  some of the real Roman roads still exist today, but I don't think our methods were as precisely implemented.  The boys each dug a trench and they filled the trench with somewhat long, thin rocks to make a curb.


Then they dug a out between the two trenches.


Truman was the site supervisor.

building a Roman road for kids

They filled the center about halfway full with sand.


Next, they added a layer of gravel (aquarium rocks).


The next layer was a layer of concrete.  We didn't have any concrete mix around and I didn't want to buy a big bag just to use a little bit (and I didn't feel like mixing concrete).  So, we used Dap pre-mixed concrete patch instead.  It is not the same thing as real concrete.



Finally, they used flat rocks and layered them on the top like puzzle pieces.


Building a Roman road was one of the suggested followups in a chapter of Story of the World.  We didn't follow their instructions though.  They wanted you to do it in a shoebox lid with thin layers of things mixed with glue.  We followed the description of the real thing given in David Macaulay's City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction.  The Roman road page is pictured above.  It is SUCH a great book I bought us a copy to keep.  It is a great resource for arch's and aqueducts and more.

4 comments:

  1. Ahhh...learning by doing. So awesome, isn't it? Thanks for sharing your wealth of ideas, resources, and experiences! You are such an inspiration!

    ReplyDelete
  2. How fun! I love that they were able to do this! I'll have to mentally bookmark the idea for the future :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Such a cool road. And what a nice mom that you let them build that somewhere between your hedge bushes! Can't wait to see aqueducts and arches.

    ReplyDelete