It’s been an exciting year with our homeschool history for kids as we’ve dived into lots of fun hands on history time periods from early explorers to colonial america early settlers. Now we are moving into the Revolutionary War and the founding of our nation.
This homeschool history unit is perfect for the entire family to do together with lots of great book, hands on history projects, and a free printable American Revolution Lapbook. So join us as we relive history in our revolutionary war for kids unit
American Revolutionary War for Kids
I found this WONDERFUL resource! It is a cartoon series called Liberty Kids. It goes through the Revolutionary war in about 40 episodes. It includes famous people, major battles, perspective from both sides, is fun to watch (I enjoyed it to!) and does this all in a tasteful, accurate way. LOVE it! We used this entire series. Our local library had it so we were able to check it out. If yours does not, it is totally worth the $12 to own your own copy!!
This week we watched episode 1-5 of video series (1 a day for week).
Revolutionary War Timeline for Homeschoolers
- TAXES on molasses, tea, paper goods (Stamp Act)
- Boston Massacre – Goofy found a red shirt to represent the British and we acted out the Boston Massacre.
- Boston Tea Party (we had a tea party with pound cake) – December 16, 1773
- English close Boston Port until Colonists pay back the cost of the tea – the colonists called this the Intolerable Acts
- Printing Press & Benjamin Franklin’s newspaper The Pennsylvanian Gazette
Revolutionary War Printing Press -History Project for Homeschoolers
To help Goofy understand the printing press and how long it took to set-up to print the newspaper I came up with this project. We picked a simple thing to print “British are coming!” as I knew we’d run out of letters. We laid them out backwards. Then Goof used a piece of paper and and book to push down to make his press print. Putting all the type in for the newspaper would have been a LOT of work!
- Colonial Costume – in The Liberty Tree it explained that men usually braided or pulled back their hair and then put flour on it. It also shows the time period tricorn hats. So we made our own from felt (that we braided) and black construction paper.
Revolutionary War Books for Kids to Read:
The Liberty Tree does a wonderful job explaining history from both sides. It introduces major characters, explains events leading up to the Revolutionary War beginning with the French-Indian War, and has nice illustrations. Although this is all you will need you might also want to check out Graffic Library’s The Boston Massacre or the Time Traveling Twins’ Joining the Boston Tea Party
Famous People of the Revolutionary War for Kids
King George III
FREE American Revolutionary War Lapbook
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More Hands on History Units for Homeschooling Families
Check out the rest of the American Revolutionary War Series below and for more fun history units check out my Colonial American / Early Settlers Unit and Early Explorers Unit below.