Earliest Civilisations: The Indus Valley

Block C - Everyday Life

Find out about this fascinating early civilisation based in the Indus Valley and place it on a world timeline. Be amazed as you learn how this civilisation functioned and its cities grew and flourished. Discover day to day life, investigate the evidence we have for this civilisation and speculate why the civilisation ended.

What was it like to be an ordinary person living in the Indus Valley 2,000 BCE? Learn about daily life, fashion, food, toys and more!

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01: Cooking

Learn about the foods that were eaten by the Indus Valley people; explore the types of evidence found that show the diet of the Indus Valley people; eat some of the foods you learnabout.

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02: Clothing and hairstyles

Find out about the clothing and hairstyles of the Indus Valley people; create a clay or Plasticine figure in the style of the Indus Valley terracotta figurines.

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03: Toys

Describe some of the artefacts that were probably used as toys during the Indus valley civilisation; make an animal toy with a moving head.

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04: Board game

Investigate the board games that have been discovered in Indus Valley excavations; make up a game based on the board and pieces found.