Culture KIDS brings the activities dedicated at the children in the museum collection. Activities that inspire the children's curiosity and imagination: starting from the contents of the museums they can play or express themselves by telling their collections through their eyes.
LEARNING BY PLAYING
LA BAMBOLA DI CREPEREIA
An activity dedicated to children related to the ancient ivory doll on display in the museum. The precious object was the favourite toy of a young girl called Crepereia, who lived in Rome in the 2nd century AD, just under 2,000 years ago. The doll had articulated limbs, just like modern dolls. It was equipped with some accessories that had to be stored in a fine case: two silver mirrors and two ivory combs. On her finger she had a gold ring with a tiny key, which was probably used to open the small chest. It is certain that the doll also had a rich wardrobe, which unfortunately has not been preserved.
To help the little doll return to her former glory, children should print out her picture and have fun dressing her up with coloured pencils or by applying small paper clothes.
Print the doll's image
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THE TABLES WITH THE FATICHE DI ERACLE
A simple game to colour in. The drawings are made by Marcello Forgia for the exhibition "Colori degli Etruschi". The children can combine the drawings with the pictures. Which episodes from the exploits of the hero Eracle do the panels refer to? The answer is revealed in the second episode of the video dedicated to the story of the exhibition.
IN FONDO AL MAR...
Discovery of the mosaic with fish at the Centrale Montemartini where extraordinary mosaics from some of the rich houses (domus) of the ancient Romans are on display. They were used to decorate the floors, like real stone carpets. The mosaic we want to focus on is particularly refined: against a background of many shades of green, many fish and sea creatures are depicted with extreme precision and surprising realism: shall we have fun recognising them? Among pebbles and shells, we will see a squid, a shrimp, a sea bream, the antennae of a lobster and then another squid, a scorpion fish, a mullet, a pike.... In short, more than a floor, it seems to be an extraordinary aquarium, which has remained intact and has come down to us after more than 2,000 years!
But how was a mosaic floor made in Roman times? Find out by playing.
The Greek gods were imagined to have human features and life habits similar to those of humans. They lived on Mount Olympus... it was Zeus who chose this place to build the home of the gods. The clouds that enveloped the top of the mountain, which at the time was considered the highest in the world, prevented men from seeing them. There were twelve gods and each of them protected a particular aspect of human life and nature. They had superhuman qualities and powers, but at the same time possessed defects typical of humans.
At the Centrale Montemartini we are lucky enough to be able to see what some of them looked like, thanks to the beautiful marble statues discovered in Rome.
Could you recognise them? And what were their characteristics?