Learn about the American Revolutionary War for Kids with this fun history for kids lesson. We’ve included fun hands-on American history activities like a printing press Revolutionary War Project Ideas , lots of great book recommendations, and a free printable revolutionary war lapbook with important dates and people. This is a fun American history for kids unit for kindergartners, first graders, 2nd graders, 3rd graders, 4th graders, 5th graders, and 6th graders.
Revolutionary War for Kids
Learn about famous Americans during our War of Independence from the British around 1776 with this fun American history for kids lesson. In our revolutionary war lapbook you will learn about important people from both the red coats (lobster tails) and patriots of the militia as well as major events in the timeline from the Boston Massacre to the Declaration of Independence and George Washington leading the 13 colonies to become the United States of America. We have also included revolutionary war project ideas to keep kindergartners and elementary age students in grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, and grade 6 engaged and make learning fun!
Revolutionary War Lapbook
American Revolution for kids
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
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
As we studied the American revolution for kids we learned about the following events and added them to our timeline project (see the bottom of post for freebie).
- 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 Project Ideas
To help 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
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
We studied the following Famous People from the Revolutionary War and added them to our lapbook.
Samuel Adams was a politician in colonial Massachusetts, was a leader of the movement that became the American Revolution. His 1768 circular letter calling for colonial cooperation prompted the occupation of Boston by British soldiers, eventually resulting in the Boston Massacre of 1770. In 1776 he helped draft the Articles of Confederation.
Franklin was a leading author (Poor Richard’s Almanack), printer (The Pennsylvania Gazette), Pennsylvanian politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, diplomat, and American founding father. He invented the lightning rod, bifocals, a carriage odometer, and the glass ‘armonica’. He formed the first public library in America and the first fire department in Pennsylvania.
King George III
King George III’s reign was marked by a series of military conflicts involving his kingdoms, much of the rest of Europe, and places farther afield in Africa, the Americas and Asia. George III is often accused of obstinately trying to keep Great Britain at war with the revolutionaries in America, despite the opinions of his own ministers.
Henry was an attorney and politician during the movement for independence in Virginia in the 1770s. He is remembered as governor of Virginia (twice), saying “Give me liberty or give me death” and “I am not a Virginian, but an American”, opposing the Constitution as it would take away from state’s rights, and as a proponent of Bill or Rights.
History Lessons for Kids
Check out one of or MANY engaging, Free history lessons for kids
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- 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!
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- 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
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- 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)
United States Lesson for Kids
Help children learn about the great country of the United States with these free printables and resources:
- Free Presidents of the United States for Kids
- Printable USA Presidents Coloring Pages
- Voting for Kids – How Americans elect a new president
- Free Presidents Worksheets – Learn about all the American presidents
- US States I Spy Worksheets
- Painters Tape American Flag Craft
- US State Symbols Mats
- American Revolution for Kids
- Printable Maps for Kids
- American Symbols Worksheets
- Fireworks Patriotic Craft
- 50 States Worksheets
- Super CUTE, Free State Coloring Pages
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Hi Beth. I’m a grandmother and I have been holding “Nana’s Day Camp” for 5 of our grandkids for several years now four days in the summer.
Last summer one of our days was about studying the American Revolution. We began with what lead up to the Revolution. I wrote a play and I found stick puppets of the main characters. The children loved it!
This year I would like to cover the actual war. We will do another play, We do other activities involving the theme of the day. So, I am interested in your lapbook. I found the downloadable file for it, but I’m a little confused as to what exactly is a lapbook and how do the children use it. Can you explain it to me? Thanks.