Learning how to build the Alamo was another fun change to our schedule as we have continued in our series of hands-on homeschooling learning. We thought it would be fun to sketch a quick layout of the Alamo as we read about it.
Having studied about the Alamo before, we pulled out The Alamo, An Illustrated History, book by George Nelson and the other book, The Alamo, an Illustrated History by Edwin Hoyt to study a bit of the architecture.
We also looked at how to build the Alamo on ehow and Tiny liked that model.
We gathered a few supplies and needed some more:
- 4 sugar cube boxes and we only did the outline of the wall. If you decide to do the interior walls as well, you will need double or triple that depending how thick you want the walls on your model.
- we used an old pizza box
- glue gun and glue
- spray paint of your choice
- couple of straws
Again, though this project looks easy like simply gluing a bunch of sugar cubes together, but it really did require planning, calculating and deciphering to understand the bell shaped parapet.
Looking at the pictures The Alamo, An Illustrated History to view old drawings of the Alamo to learning its history helped to get an idea of how to build it.
Tiny really had fun making this. We grabbed some Spanish moss and miniature cactus after Tiny painted it and otherwise he really loved the break in our schedule while focusing on understanding the history of the Alamo.
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