History can be boring. All those dates and names of long-dead people are not exactly exciting to young children. But ancient Egyptian pyramids made out of LEGOs, characters from historical fiction books that kids can related to, fabulous field trips and more can lay the foundation for making history fascinating for your child.
When I was a child in public school, history was my least favorite subject. In fact, I dreaded teaching it to my homeschooled kids because I thought we’d all be bored. But guess what? Now I love it! I’m learning all over again right beside them. And they love it, too. We’ve used a small handful of very engaging text books, a ton of historical fiction books and we do lots of projects and activities.
Here are the projects we’e done and the resources we’ve used. I hope they’ll inspire you to make history come alive at your house.
- Ancient Egypt: How to make a Nile River in a foil pan.
- Ancient Egypt: How to make Egyptian Reed Boats.
- Ancient Egypt: Make a mini-Nile River in your yard.
- Ancient Egypt: How to mummify a (rubber) chicken or a Barbie doll.
- Ancient Egypt: How to make a LEGO or sugar cube pyramid.
- Ancient Egypt: How to make miniature bows and arrows and Nubian jewelry.
- Ancient Egypt: How to make King Tut masks.
- Ancient Sumer: How to make the Euphrates River and the story of Sargon.
- Ancient Babylon: How to make a family law stele-The Code Of Hammurabi.
- Ancient Assyria: Acting out the story of Gilgamesh.
- Ancient India: How to make the lost city of Mohenjo-Daro with clay bricks.
- Ancient China: How to make Chinese pictograms and terra cotta warriors.
- Ancient Africa: How to make your own Anansi the Spider.
- Ancient African hand painting activity and book list.
- Ancient Phoenicia: How to make a Phoenician boat.
- Ancient Phoenicia: How to make Phoenician jewelry.
- Ancient Assyria: How to build a LEGO siege tower.
- Ancient Crete: How to make an easy volcano experiment.
- Ancient Greece: Book list for learning about ancient Greece.
- Ancient Greece: How to make a paper or pizza dough Parthenon.
- Ancient Greece: How to make Alexander the Great’s horse.
- Ancient Rome: How to make a toga and a crown; ancient Rome book list.
- Ancient Rome: How to make clay money and learn about Roman numerals.
- Ancient Rome: How to make a popsicle stick catapult.
Early American History
- Native Americans: How to build an Iroquois longhouse with LEGOs.
- Colonial History: Book list for Jamestown, John Smith and Pocohontas.
- Native Americans: How to sew and easy Indian doll dress and more.
- Pioneers: How to make pioneer pancakes. (Little House on the Prairie)
- Pioneers: How to make maple sugar snow candy.
- African American History: Key events and influential African Americans.
History With American Girl Dolls
- American Girl Kaya – mid-1700’s. Kaya resources. Kaya activities.
- American Girl Felicity – Colonial Times – 1770’s
- American Girl Rebecca – Turn of the century immigration.
- American Girl Addy – Civil War Era – 1850’s.
More history posts are coming! Check back and see what we are learning about next.
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