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Drake, Hudson and Cartier for Kids

This is the final week in our 5 week history for kids  Early Explorers Homeschool History Unit. Join us as we explore famous explorers like Columbus, Magellan, Henry Hudson and more with our hands on history projects and free early explorers lapbook and worksheets.
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Drake, Hudson and Cartier for Kids

Dont’ miss the rest of our fun, hands on  early explorers for kids unit!

Henry Hudson Hands on history project

  • Sir Francis Drake – a sanctioned English pirate who was the 2nd to circumnavigate the world.
  • Henry Hudson – an English dreamer sent by the Dutch to find a Northeast or Northwest Passageway to Asia; instead he discovered and was left to die in the Hudson bay
  • Jacques Cartier – A Frenchman who explored the St. Lawrence river

As we were talking about Henry Hudson whose expedition got stuck in ice as winter approached in the Hudson bay we made snowflakes. Goofy had a BLAST!!!

FREE Early Explorers Lapbook for Homeschool


We finished up our Explorers lapbook (you can download all 5 parts below FREE). It has been great to help us visualize the timeline, review, and remember our learning. I think adding the pictures of the activities we did while learning about each Explorer has really helped Goofy retain the information and has created a fun keepsake of our study. Here is our finished lapbook:Free Early Explorers Lapbook for homeschool history

FREE Early Explorers REVIEW game & Worksheets 

As this was the last week talking about Explorers we did some fun review mapping, cut & paste, worksheets, and creative writing.  (You can download the {FREE} remaining elements from the Explorers lapbook & the Review Activities by clicking on the large image below)

FREE Early Explorers Worksheets for KidsFREE Early Explorers Worksheets for Kids


Early Explorers Resources for Homeschoolers

 The Picture History of Great Explorers is the BEST resource for the complete Explorers Unit! You can do the complete study with this book alone; although I love supplementing with other books from the library to round things out.)


I think this Comix with Content series is fantastic! It is fun, educational, and introduces the information in a unique way. This particular book has 4 chapters: Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, French in Canada (this weeks study), and the Spanish in Florida.

I LOVE this book!! Sir Francis Drake His Daring Deeds is a beautiful written and illustrated book written as a rhyming story. The illustrations are stunning and my son Goofy loved the impressive fleet of Caravel ships. The other thing that I love about this book is that it uses some great words – new vocabulary: chap, flabbergasted, forged, bedraggled, etc.  I think this book is great for kids 3+.

River of Dreams tells the story of the Hudson River. It does not limit it’s account to just the exploration of it by Henry Hudson, it tells it’s past, history, and present. I thought it was pretty cool to see the entire history of it instead of a small chunk. Great read-aloud for 1st grade-6th grade.


Did you miss any of our Explorers Series? Here are links to the entire series along with the {FREE} Printables including lapbook elements, review, and various worksheets each.

Middle Ages for Kids plains native americans for kids civil war for kids free printable board game

History Lessons for Kids

Check out one of or MANY engaging, Free history lessons for kids

  • Explore American History for kids including lots of fun, hands on activities and free printables
  • Dive into Mesopotamia History to learn about Gilgamesh
  • 4 week lesson about Early Explorers for Kids
  • Learn about castles, knights, and more in this exciting Middle Ages for Kids
  • Make a teepee, dig for arrowheads, color our printable books and more in this Native Americans for Kids lessons
  • The Colonial America for Kids lesson takes kids on a journey back to the first permanent settlement in America – Jamestown. Students will learn about colonial life with lots of hands on projects like eating Gruel, making a Wattle & Daub house, and creating a tin lantern will make the settlement come alive.
  • We will make westward expansion for kids come alive for kids as they learn facts about the time period from about 1783-1898. In addition to learning about the Oregon trail, pony express, gold rush, transcontinental railroad, students will also learn to match animal trails, map the united states, and learn about North American animals too.
  • Civil War for Kids – students will learn about slavery, famous Americans from the Civil War, famous battles, and how our nation stayed together. Lesson includes printable worksheets, mapping activities, printable civil war board game and more!
  • Learn about US States for Kids – state coloring pages, president coloring pages, state report forms, states and capital printables, and so much more!
  • Learn about the Roaring 1920s for Kids – Printable Book to Read, Color, and Learn
  • Rosa Parks for Kids Printable Reader to Color and Learn
  • Martin Luther King Jr for Kids Printable Reader to Color and Learn
  • 1950s for Kids Reader to Color, Learn and read about what life was like in America in 1950

16 Printable Country Studies for Kids - children will have fun learning about countries around the world with this fun resource perfect for pre k, kindergarten, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, and grade 6 including Kenya, Japan, Russia, Sweden, Netherlands, Mexico, China, Philippines, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Chile, Colombia, Australia, and Costa Rica. FREE Printable 50 Us States coloring pages Kids will have fun learning about Children Around the World using these free printable worksheets for kids of all ages. #childrenaroundtheworld #christmasaroundtheworld #geography

Looking for more resources and free worksheets to teach students about geography for kids? You will love these coloring sheets, printable maps, books, activities and games:


FREE Early Explorers Lapbook & Worksheets: Drake, Hudson, Cartier

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com


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