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We continued our history for kids by learning about early explorers for kids through good books and hands of learning FUN! We added Magellan, Conquistador, and Aztec sections to our lapbook/timeline.

Magellan & The Spanish Conquistadors for Kids

Early Explorer MAGELLAN for Kids

Mapping Magellan’s Route on a Globe

We put blue painters tape around a globe to show the historic 1st trip around the world
Homeschool History Early Explorer MAGELLAN for Kids

Math & History Connection

How many men died? I know it sounds morbid – but I wanted Goofy to grasp how dangerous this trip was. Out of the 250 men and 5 ships that set out from Spain only 1 ship and 18 of Magellan’s original crew made it back. YIKES! (This worksheet is also in the FREE Lapbook download)Homeschool History Early Explorer MAGELLAN for Kids

Early Explorer Magellan Books for Kids

Here are our two favorite resources for learning about Magellan. The first is a great resource on ALL explorers with a short 1 page of information, dates, and clipart about each explorer from the Vikings to Armstrong and more. We bought our own copy and are so glad we did. The second goes much more in depth about Magellan and his treacherous journey. It is easy to read, has lots of illustrations, and interesting information. For sure check it out of your local library.


Aztecs & Spanish Conquistadors for Homeschool Kids


  • What is a Conquistador? What were there objectives?
  • Learned about Hernan Cortes, Juan Ponce de Leon, Coronado Conquistadores Coloring Page
  • Discussed differences between Columbus & the Conquistadors (see free printable)


  • Made Montezuma’s headdress
  • Made a 3D paper Aztec pyramidDIY Aztec Temple, headdress, and instrument
  • Made Aztec Necklace
  • Made Quetecotyl maskQuetecotyl mask for kids - hands on history 
  • Made Aztec Art (see post for more details) – All Aztec towns had a marketplace where merchants, craft workers, and farmers would barter for goods. Many traders were women. One of the items the Aztec traders brought to the conquered town of Tlatelolco in 1473 was a monkey pot made of obsidian (stone produced by erupting volcanoes). So we set about making our own replica of the monkey pot with clay and black acrylic paint.

Aztec Clay art History Project for Kids

    • Read about cocoa beans from Aztecs & had hot cocoa

Did you know the Aztecs used cocoa beans as money?

Early Explorers Resources: (let me further explain a few . .. )

  • The Ancient Aztecs (treasure box) –  This was Goofy’s favorite! It has a map with stickers, kit to build an Aztec Pyramid, Aztec flute, guild your own necklace, make your own Montezuma headdress, Queztecotyl mask, Aztec game, informational book on Aztecs & every item in the kit. Goofy LOVED this resource and was especially excited about the Aztec Pyramid AND the secret drawer in this ‘treasure box’.
  • The Hands on History Aztecs is FANTASTIC! It has information, pictures, maps, and many step-by-step activities: 2 headed serpent stamp, great temple statue, pendant, Aztec hot cocoa, Patolli game, Aztec Calendar, Noble’s cloak, Clay Monkey Pot, Aztec mask, and rattle. So many great, fun ideas!
        the story of chocolate

Note: The Aztecs offered human sacrifices to their gods; the You Wouldn’t want to be an Aztec sacrifice is a ‘cartoon’ but does explain how they had blood running down the  Aztec Pyramid, would cut out their hearts (and eat them). Just wanted to give you a heads up.

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 #homeschoolingDive into the history of exploration, with these fun and free Explorer coloring pages. These history coloring sheets are perfect for learning about famous exploreres for kids! Kids can color the pictures of explorers and then read about these Europeans who traveled and explored the world. The early explorers for kids include: Alexander Mackenzie, Amerigo Vespucci, Bartolomeu Dias, Sir Francis Drake, George Vancouver, Hernando de Soto, Jacques Marquette, Captain James Cook, Panfilo de Narvárez, Robert de la Salle, Samuel de Champlain, Simon Fraser, and Walter Raleigh. Simply print the explorer worksheets to read, color and learn with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd graders. Kids will have fun learning about early explorers with this 5 week, hands-on history lessons for kids of all ages. This Early Explorers for Kids unit includes fun early explorers activities, lapbook, free printable explorer worksheets, and more to make learning fun. Whether you are looking for a history for kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students. Learn about famous explorers for kids with these free printable European explorers worksheets to read, color, learn, and create a reader. Learn about thirteen different explorers for children who traveled around the world in ships, in search for new and distant lands. Use this free printable as part of a history, explorer or Old and New World study filled with facts about explorers for first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students.

Facts about explorers

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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)
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 Maps for kids -blank maps of the world, africa, asia, australia, south america, north america, united states, antarctica, Europe and more. Include blank maps and labeled maps. Use them with any social studies / geography program with kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, and 7th grade students to visualize the world at a glance or dive deep into finding countries, continents, rivers / mountains, oceans, etc. Includes both blank printable maps and labeled as well. tralia, united states, europe and more both blank and labeled for kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, elementary, middle school, and high school #printablemaps #geography #homeschooling  Make geography come alive by using these free printable passport for kids. Childrne can pretend like they are traveling all around the world as they study and learn about other countries while keeping a record of where they've been. This free printable passport activity is fun for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students. Inside their passport for kids they can put their picture, personal information, signarure, and informatin about the countries they travel to. Simply print pdf the free printable passport for kids file and you are ready to go around the world! FREE Lego Challenge Cards - free printable STEAM education uses lego or duplo bricks to help students learn about famous buildings and landmarks from around the world. This fun learning activity is great for parents, teachers, school at home and homeschoolers from preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade students.

Geography for Kids

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:

us presidents coloring pagesIt is important to teach children about how we elect the president of the United States of America. This simple, no prep Voting for Kids reader will help pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students. This printable election book is perfect for preparing children for November elections! Kids will have fun learning about the United States for Kids with these super cute state coloring pages. Each of the free printable, 50 states coloring pages includes a state map, state flags, state flower, state bird, state landmark, and more. Use the united states coloring page with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders. These Simply print 50 states coloring pages pdf and you are ready to play and learn about the usa for kids!  american-symbols-for-kids-read-color-and-learn

United States Lesson for Kids

Help children learn about the great country of the United States with these free printables and resources:

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  1. Yadira Avatar

    You are an amazing person, I would love to be your student or your child, the way your present the lessons is always so much fun.
    I have one son and we enjoy your lessons.
    Thank you for sharing your great talent.