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It just so happens that in our curriculum next year, my youngest and my oldest will both be focusing on American History. While the levels of their investigation will be dramatically different, it's always fun to watch how the different levels intersect and provide opportunities for both of my children to learn more together than they could apart.
I can only do so much as an educator. I love finding ways to enhance or strengthen my students' learning experience. Sometimes its just about finding some simple fun that they'll enjoy learning while completing. Movies and documentaries are excellent options for extending the learning. Another great option is coloring. I recently received some amazing American History resources from Dover Publishing that do just this: they extend learning time while keeping learning fun. I'm all about that.
These eight coloring/activity books are a great way to supplement your American History studies for any age. For your younger ones, they're a great way to keep their hands busy while you read. For the olders, it's a great stress relief activity from their challenging research. Either way, your whole family will love these! Make sure to read to the end, because Dover Publications is giving away 10 sets of the books I received! The titles include:
- U.S.A. Constitution Activity Book
- Alexander Hamilton Coloring Book
- Discovering Washington, D.C. Activity Book
- American Presidents Coloring Book
- Presidents Facts and Fun Activity Book
- United States Coloring Book
- Standups! Presidents: 8 Easy-to-Make Models!
- White House Cut & Assemble
Experiencing American History with Craft Books
The Standups! Presidents book has to be my favorite in the collection!
You can make eight stand up presidents with this fun activity book. The presidents include Andrew Jackson, Theodore Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, and Barack Obama.
Each page has perforated, punch-out shapes that you will use to create your character. They're easy to work with, and simple enough for an eight year-old to successfully create on their own.
With just a little glue, these presidents came together in a few minutes! We giggled the whole time we were building. They are such charming little characters!
These characters offer a great opportunity to research and discuss some outstanding. The easy-to-make punch-out models come with simple assembly instructions that will have them standing proud in no time.
The White House Cut & Assemble book is the next level up for crafters. On a 1-to-10 scale of difficulty in which 10 represents the hardest level, this easy but elaborate model rates as a 2. It's printed in full color on heavy stock at N scale. Appropriate for ages 10 and up, this model appeals to hobbyists of all ages and makes a great family activity.
Enjoying History with Coloring Books
Kids can color as they learn about the legendary Alexander Hamilton, whose fascinating life has spawned numerous books, articles, and a Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical. We love to enjoy coloring books like these while listening to read-alouds. My daughter used the Standups! President characters as inspiration for her coloring.
Captions accompany the well-researched illustrations, which recount the Founding Father's life and times, starting with his childhood in the West Indies and arrival in America. The realistic images portray Hamilton's roles as a soldier, lawyer, and statesman, climaxing in a depiction of the duel that ended his life.
Another excellent coloring resources include the American Presidents Coloring Book. From George Washington to Donald J. Trump, this fact-filled coloring book chronicles the history of all 45 US Presidents. Each Chief Executive is depicted in an image drawn from real life, and most portraits feature backgrounds that reflect significant events from the president's administration. Every illustration includes a detailed caption, making this book a practical reference as well as a source of coloring fun.
Or you can journey through the history of the states with the United States Coloring Book. Information accompanying each ready-to-color illustration identifies the state's motto, flower, bird, tree, capital, and principal rivers and mountains.
U.S.A. History Activity Books
U.S.A. Constitution Activity Book offers educational entertainment through mazes, secret codes, crosswords, and other puzzles. Thirty-four challenges reveal significant facts, such as who signed the Constitution, where and when the delegates gathered, how the document made the United States into a nation, and other fascinating historical details.
Another fun option is the Discovering Washington, D.C. Activity Book. Discover interesting facts about Capitol Hill, the National Mall, the White House, and other famous landmarks of Washington, D.C., including museums, parks, and monuments as well as neighborhoods around the city. Along the way, you'll solve crosswords, search-a-words, mazes, word scrambles, and other challenges that will make this trip to our nation's capital both memorable and fun.
If your kids love studying the presidents, they will really enjoy the Presidents Facts and Fun Activity Book. More than 30 mazes, search-and-find puzzles, and spot-the-differences activities feature playful illustrations and intriguing tidbits about our nation's leaders, from their nicknames and birthdays to their hobbies and pets.
Enhancing Your American History Studies
I love how these coloring books work in perfectly with our Classical Conversations Cycle 3 memory work. They make it simple to expand on the memory work, and they offer positive ways to keep little hands busy.
Make sure to enter to win a set of your own, but also check out all of the amazing titles Dover Publications offers. They create some exceptional teacher resources in so many subject areas. Right now, you can get 25% off any purchase on Dover Publications with code WHBO. Expires June 30, 2017.
Betsy Strauss is an unexpected homeschooler, mother of three, who is in a relationship with a sweet man for life. She loves reading books, drinking coffee, and learning anything with her kids.