Many things we use today come from the powerful empires of the past, but ancient history can sometimes be a challenge when teaching our kids.
Making a connection to the past through hands-on learning helps a child to not only remember what he has learned but helps him to develop critical thinking skills. By doing this instead of just memorizing, a child interacts with the past and this cements learning.
HANDS-ON HISTORY CONNECTING TO THE PAST
Do not feel intimidated either if you are not the crafty artsy type of person because hands-on history activities for learning about ancient civilizations do not have to be complicated.
Grab a few of these ideas.
Draw the ABC’s of Mesopotamia.This is just way too cool and it’s a language arts lesson too. The pictures are water color pencil with marker outline.Carve a cuneiform cylinder seal using clay or play the royal game of Ur.
Include some easy notebooking about Ancient Sumeria.
The Indus Valley
(Modern Day Pakistan)
Also, we love, love the activities from Home School in the Woods.
Read here about the hands-on activities for 14 great empires or you can look at the guide we used.
(Modern day Lebanon)
Check out my post about making a boat, creating some purple dye or learning the Phoenician alphabet.
Assyria and Ancient Babylon
(Modern day Iraq or northern part of Mesopotamia)
Be sure to check out how to teach history in 14 lessons. You’ll love this curriculum if you need to teach history in broad strokes!
Read Why I Love and Use BrimWood Press History Here
Include a sugar cube pyramid, cookie map or make yummy mummy hotdogs or make papyrus.
Make an easy Roman mosaic.
And don’t forget, I created a lapbook about Ancient Civilizations. It is more like an overview on them.Do you see anything to get
you your kids inspired about learning about the Ancient Civilizations while keeping history hands-on?|
Look at these other Ancient History resources you’ll go crazy over:
- 20 Ancient Civilization History Coloring Pages
- Ancient Egyptian Mathematics: Build a LEGO Math Calculator
- Hands-On History: The Rosetta Stone and Breaking The Code
- 9 EASY and Fun Hands-on Ancient Greece Kids Activities
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