Native Americans - Plains Tribes History for Kids

Welcome to week 2 of our Native American study.  This is just one of our many hands on history for kids units!
Native Americans - A hands on history unit of North American Indians from the Plains. Includes printable mini book, tribe comparisson, and ideas for hands on learning about history for preschool, kindergarten, homeschool, and more.

Note: I know for some people this is a very personal subject. We have done our best to represent a historically accurate account of life for Native Americans. We also discussed the influence of the white settlers along with life today for those with Native American roots. But the emphasis is on the historical part when the settlers first arrived.

I do not claim to be an expert in Native American culture and I know we have had to simplify many aspects of their culture and beliefs to fit with teaching this to elementary age kids. If you do not “like” our unit for whatever reason, I’m sorry. Any harsh comments will be deleted, but I welcome constructive feedback!

Native Americans Unit #2

This week’s lesson on Native Americans will cover the Plains Tribes. You can see where the Plains Tribes where in this map below in orange.
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Native American Plains Tribes Unit for Kids

Native Americans - Plain Tribes Unit for Elementary Homeschool Kids. Lots of hands on learning ideas plus FREE mini books and worksheets for kids.

We started out by printing out the Plains tribe printable book where we learned about the Comanche Tribe (from the free printable below).

Books to Read on the Plains Tribes of North America


Plains Indian Kids Activities

Then we dived  into my favorite part, making history come alive with hands on learning!

PVC Teepee Kids Activities

make a frame from 6 PVC pipes

We made a Teepee  from 6 PVC pipes that were 1/2” think and trimmed to 8 feet long. We several rubber bands (but you could use rope) to hold the pipes in an upside down cone shape.

drape a canvas drop cloth over top

Then we draped a canvas drop cloth over the teepee. We pulled the top edges up through the rubber bands to hold them in place. Then we tucked edges under the teepee.

we painted our teepee

Finally we decorated the teepee with traditional patterns including drawing from battle or hunting like they would have made on the authentic plains teepees.

If you are looking for another fun, hands on project for this week you can make a Feather Headdress.


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Beth Gorden
Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is a homeschooling mother of six who strives to enjoy every moment with her kids through hands-on learning, crafts, new experiences, and lots of playing together. Beth is also the creator and author of 123 Homeschool 4 Me where she shares 1000+ free printables, creative homeschool lessons, crafts, and other fun ideas to help preschool and homeschooling families have fun while learning and exploring together.