We took part in an interactive educational talk on The Maya, which enhanced learning outside of the classroom. The talk complemented our tour of Cadbury World, which featured the Mayan peoples’ involvement in the early history of cocoa in c. AD 900.
We learned about the great city of Chichen Itza and discovered the Mayan myths and legends that claimed how humans were created. There was a life-size replica of a Mayan codex (ancient writing that stretched over 6 metres long) and we explored their detailed counting system.
We handled real cocoa pods filled with the cocoa beans that were so valuable to Mayans in c. AD 900, and the wooden whisk they used to make ‘Chocolatl’, their favourite chocolate drink. Some of our children even had the chance to model some spectacular Mayan headdresses and masks!
We also watched a reenactment of possibly the first team sport in human history, played by The Mayans with great skill and competition.
Then we explored Cadbury World, a journey that described how cocoa has and continues to be made into so many different chocolate products, some of which we took home with us to enjoy with family and friends!