Educational Programme: "Idolio to Dolio" at the Cyprus Museum
The educational program "Idolio to Dolio" (transl. “Figuring out the Figurine’) is offered to students of the 4th grade of primary school and it invites the children into the world of figurines as well as making the distinction between figurines and sculptures. The students 'travel back in time' through games and performances. The journey unfolds in almost all of the Museum’s Exhibition Rooms, with the children searching for clues and information through games, riddles and various challenges that require group activities, observation and comparing objects. Their task is to finally ‘figure out’ which figurine they are searching for amongst the Museum’s exhibits. Based on the archaeological remains and the archaeologists’ various interpretations they also guess the possible functions of figurines in antiquity and they are invited to figure out these objects' development up to the present day. Within this context, the children have the opportunity to express themselves freely and creatively in such a way, that the process becomes interactive and meaningful.
Educational Programme: "Kyprida' Aphrodite" at the Lemesos District Museum
The children of the 4th grade classes of Lemesos examine the exhibits at the Lemesos District Museum, meet the goddess Aphrodite and are learn about her links with the island of Cyprus. With the guidance of museum education specialists and through the variety of activities the students begin to show an interest in history and art. Together with the sailor Erostratos, the programme's main character, the children are informed of the places of worship of Aphrodite. They also examine the objects used for the worshipping of the goddess and finally, they participate in a procession to her temple.
The students of the 5th grade of primary school enter the Lemesos Medieval Castle, in the company of Theodoros, a byzantine warrior, and travel back in time, when the Castle used to be the town's constant guard. The students notice the castle's coats of arms, shields, war machines, canons etc. In this way they learn about the lives of medieval knights. Finally, dressed as knights in shining armour, the students climb to the battlements and defend the castle.
Educational Programme: "Thalassa, Thalassa... Invitation to an Archaeological Banquet" at the Larnaka District Museum
At the Larnaka District Museum, the 4th grade students use all the imagination they have and, along with Zeno and Aspasia, they imagine that they are at ancient Kition. The children explore the Museum and in the display shelves, they discover the lost items that belong to their new ancient friends (craters, jugs, amphorae, kylikes, plates etc). These objects demonstrate how linked their friends are with the sea (they are decorated with fish, squid, octopus, scales and mermaids...). Finally, a surprise awaits the children: Zeno and Aspasia show their gratitude to the children by inviting them to an ancient banquet for which replicas of ancient pottery are used.
Through a mental trip back in time, the students of the 4th and 5th grades of the Pafos town and district are called to observe and examine the exhibits on display at the Pafos District Museum. More emphsis is given to the exhibits of Room 1. With the help of the chalcolithic figurine "Lady of Lemba" the children are initially placed in a specific period in time and are informed of the everyday life of the inhabitants of chalcolithic Cyprus. Through exploring, finding hidden treasures and theatre the students become part of prehistoric daily life. They are free to dress in the prehistoric manner (animal skins) and use replicas of prehistoric objects. The children fish, sew, process cereals, hunt, cook, make pottery vessels and bury their dead. They take back home their new knowledge and happy memories.