Wax tablet do-it-yourself kit
The ideal craft kit for use during project weeks or for experimental history lessons on the subject of the Romans or the Middle Ages.
You can easily make and use your own antique writing set with the pupils without much effort and with guaranteed success.
Even homework becomes an exciting writing experience!
Roman homework in wax
Just like Roman children, pupils can carve their homework into the wax tablet. They don't even have to use an ink eraser! The wooden stylus erases mistakes quickly. And on top of that, the wax tablet saves paper! Because they can be used again and again as an 'antique exercise book'.
Contents of the wax tablet craft set
3 wooden boards made of solid beech 14x9cm, no cheap or glued wood
- 12 beech wood strips for the frames
- incl. 1 wood glue bottle, sufficient for all boards
Real beeswax incl. black wax pigment piece for coloring
- 3 ready-made writing pens made of beech wood - item 11109
- Detailed illustrated instructions
- Age group: 6+ from elementary school
Since when have wax tablets been used?
Even in ancient times, Romans and Egyptians used frames made of wood, ivory or metal in which wax tablets made of beeswax were cast. Many of these wax tablets have been found to this day, for example in Pompeii, the buried city. If you make such writable tablets with your pupils using the medieval wax tablet set, you should take the tip to heart and always put the inscribed pages together to protect each other.
The styluses included with the medieval wax tablet set can be used to carve letters and drawings on the 3 wax plates to be made, which may be preserved for posterity. Beeswax granules and black wax pigments from the medieval wax tablet set can be processed into 14 cm x 9 cm wax plates using the detailed instructions.
The generally simple wax slabs were rarely joined together in the early days. If this was done, it was with leather cords or metal rings. From a 2-part copy onwards, this had its own designation: diptych.
3 sides were a triptych (also known as an altarpiece in churches), 4 or more sides a polyptych.
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