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Here is the next in our colonial america for kids unit as part of our history for kids. Our units are filled with lots of hands on activities so that my kids have fun learning (and remembering) US History. This week we are learning about the Dutch & Swedish settlers in America.
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Did you know that New York was originally New Amsterdam and settled by Dutch? Do you know what Wall Street is named after? I learned so much this week!!!

Dutch & Swedish Settles History

Here’s a little history for you to set the stage.  After Henry Hudson explored the area looking for a Northwest Passage to India the Dutch, being savvy business people, wanted to begin trading with the Native Americans. They wanted beaver pelts. When the Dutch New Indies Company tried to get settlers to go to New Amsterdam they had trouble as many Dutch didn’t want to come. The Dutch actually lived very comfortable with religious freedoms & government representatives at home! So New Holland ended up having a mix of many other European nations who were eager to come live in New Amsterdam. The Dutch New Indies Company then offered to give patrons a large piece of land if they provided 15 colonists to live & work it. But the colony was not well run; there were outhouses on the street, pigs running loose, lots of drinking & fights, and no defenses. The Dutch New Indies Company appointed Peter Stuyvesant to fix it up! He was not very popular, but he fixed it and raised money for ‘police’ by taxing imported liquor. When news of war between England & Holland reached the colony they begin building a wall around the colony, but they ran out of money and the colonists did not want to finish it. (The only part of the wall would later be known to the world as Wall Street!) In 1664 English ships did come and as the colonists refused to fight with Stuyvesant, they surrendered. New Amsterdam became an English territory and was renamed New York.

Dutch Early Settlers in America

The early Dutch settlers were the first to bring cows to America – we visited a historic farm where we got up and personal with a cow. My son even got to try milking a cow by hand.
Milking a cow by hand for dutch early settlers homeschool history unit

We made our own butter by shaking cream in a Tupperware for about 15 minutes. Then we shaped it into a ‘biscuit’. The kids thought that was hilarious; it tasted good too!

making butter from scratch for dutch early settlers homeschool history unitmaking butter from scratch for dutch early settlers homeschool history unit


Swedish Colonial American Settlers

Settlers first constructed log cabins in 1638 in New Sweden. (This would later become part of New Amsterdam) So we made our own log cabin out of lincoln logs.

Lincoln log reconstruction of first log cabins in america by Swedish settlers

We had a busy week so we didn’t do as many activities. If you have time you might explore holidays from Holland, make Dutch Applesauce, “trade” beaver furs, make butter, or another Dutch treat.

Great Books for Colonial America Dutch & Swedish Settlers Unit

I have three really good resources for you this week, but they are not currently pictures on Amazon. You can still get them used on Amazon or through a good local library.

  • Wooden Shoes in America by Lois Maloy – This book is about a family who moves to America and what their life is like the first year they are there. It has simple, beautifully done illustrations and really gives some insight into life for in New Amsterdam. It is written with chapters, although there are illustrations on each page.
  • Old Silver Leg Takes Over! A Story of Peter Stuyvesant by Robert Quackenbush – This is a GREAT way for kids (and adults) to learn about New Amsterdam (later New York!) It is full of great information, easy to read, and has nice blue & white illustrations. My son loved the comical pigs on the bottom right of each two-page spread and reading what the pigs had to say.

Colonial Life for Children: The Dutch & New Amsterdam by Schlessinger – I stumbled upon this series by accident in my local library. I’m so glad I did! There are 9 in the series about Colonial Life. A kid walks your kids through a 23 minute visit to that aspect of Colonial Life. You will see characters in costume, learn a lot of interesting facts, and feel like you get a wonderful glimpse of their life! My son loved the visual!

FREE Life in Colonial America Printables

We added to our {free} Colonial America Book. You can get the entire book including this weeks pages including:

  • Dutch Settlers in New Amsterdam,
  • Peter Stuyvesant: Old Silver Leg
  • Dutch & Swedish contributions to America
  • Colonial Art
  • School in Colonial America

Discover what it was like to live in the first permanent English Settlement in America with this fun, engaging Jamestown for Kids unit study. Explore this history lesson for kids of all ages from kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students. Children will learn about the Jamestown Settlement of 1607 with these fun projects, Jamestown activities, and free Jamestown Worksheets. This free printable Jamestown for Kids reader is a great way to learn facts about Jamestown, the first permament settlement in America while work on reading skills. This Jamestown printable allows kids to step back to the history of United States of America and learn about Jamestown va history including Captain John Smith, Powhatan native Americans, Pocahontas, and early settlers. Simply print Jamestown coloring pages for pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade students to read, colour and learn!Make learning about pilgrims for kids fun and engaging with this hands on history for kids unit for preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students! The unit includes pilgrim printables, DIY costumes, how to make marbles, johnny cakes recipe, writing with quills, and so much more! Us this for a thanksgiving history lesson for kids, to learn about life in colonial America, or to learn about American history.  In our final week talking about colonial america for kidss as part of our homeschool history for kids  unit we learned about William Penn who was a Quaker and the founder of Pennsylvania. As usual with our homeschool units they are filled with hands on history projects for kids. This is perfect for the entire homeschool family to learn about together.

Colonial America for kids

Colonial America for Kids takes kids on a journey back to the first permanent settlements in America to 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.
  • Start off our Colonial America for Kids history unit with a look at the first permanent English settlement in America – Jamestown Activities. (Don’t forget to grab these FREE Printables Jamestown for Kids Book to Read, Color, and Learn)
  • Talk about the Pilgrims, make costumes, learn how Squanto taught the settlers to plant crops, write with a quill, make simple Johnny Cakes and a traditional colonial toy – marbles!
  • Explore the life of the Dutch and Swedes in America as you try creating homemade butter and build a log cabin.
  • Finally discuss William Penn and the Quakers will kids enjoy making traditional silhouette art projects, a colonial punishment stock, and so much more.

Vikings for Kid s- this is a fun hands on history unit that will help make history come alive including history activities, history crafts, free history printables and more for learning about early explorers #vikings #history #homeschooling lewis-and-clark-lesson-for-kids native americans for kids Learn all about the Sixties for kids with this American History for Kids reader for kids to color and learn! Learn about life in the 1960s with elementary age students from pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students.  Simply print pdf file with 1960s for kids for kids to learn about life in the 60s while having fun coloring the cute pictures and learning about the birth of 'Smiley,' Barbie, and lava lamps.

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!
  • Pennant History Posters to see US History At-a-Glance
  • 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
  • Titanic for Kids Reader to Color and Learn
  • Learn about the Roaring 1920s for Kids – Printable Book to Read, Color, and Learn
  • 1930s for Kids – Printable Book about the Golden age of Hollywood, Great Depression for Kids and more to read, color, and learn
  • Life in the 1940s America for Kids Reader
  • Learn about the trading of goods that began in 1941 with this Columbian Exchange for Kids printable reader.
  • Anne Frank for Kids Printable Reader to read, color, and learn about this Jewish girl who lived behind the wall in Holland during World War 2
  • 1950s for Kids Reader to Color, Learn and read about what life was like in America in 1950
  • Life in the 1960s for Kids Printable book to read, color and learn about life in the 1960s
  • Learn about platform shoes, disco, the beginning of Star Wars and more with this 1970s for kids Reader
  • 1980s for kids Reader to read, color, and learn!
  • 1990s for Kids Printable Reader filled with information about fashion, technology, Presidents, and more!
  • Learn about life for early 2000s Kids with these american history printables to read, color, and learn!
  • Review what you’ve leanred with these American History Worksheets (Notebooking)

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