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Declaration of Independence for Kids

This week in our hands on revolutionary war for kids  history unit we learned about the Declaration of Independence for Kids, make our own DIY Spy Cipher, go on a virtual fieldtrip and more.

Declaration of Independence for Kids unit with lots of fun hands on activities, free printables, book recommendations, and more. #americanrevolution #revolutionarywar #historyforkids

In week 3 of our fun, hands on history unit on the American Revolutionary War we watched episodes 13-22 from the outstanding Liberty Kids video series.

Note: If you have middle school+ age children you might want to check out The Founding of America Megaset

We also added this weeks’ events & famous people to our lapbook. You can download the American Revolutionary War Lapbook at the bottom of the post.


Declaration of Independence for Kids

Revolutionary War Timeline for Kids

Revolutionary War Timeline for Homeschoolers

2nd Continental Congress & Declaration of Independence July 1776

  • “There, I guess King George can see that!” John Hancock
  • “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal…” Thomas Jefferson

2nd Continental Congress & Declaration of Independence July 1776

Independence Hall which is here our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence.

Benjamin Franklin's Printing Press

Benjamin Franklin’s print ship in Philadelphia, PA. See a mock up of the printing press and even get your very own copy of the Declaration of Independence made on a real printing press.

Crossing the Delaware & Battle of Trenton

(Crossing The Delaware: A History In Many Voices) – December 26, 1776

Crossing the Delaware & Battle of Trenton

After crossing the Delaware River you can see the Old Barracks in Trenton. They were built in 1758  to house the British during the French-Indian Wars. The Hessians were housed here before Washington’s attack making a turning point in the war on December 26, 1776.


Congress prescribes flag

Betsy Ross may have made the first American flag, we do not know for sure. But we do know the first flag was made  June 14, 1777. So the kids & I made our own original American flag.

Betsy Ross for Kids

Although no one knows for sure who made the first American flag, Betsy Ross was a seamstress who could have made it. We toured her house and met an actress who told us about life at that time.

Daniel Morgan and The Battle of Freeman’s Farm September 17, 1777
Saratoga – turning point in war Aug-Oct 1777


Our activities for the week were fieldtrips (part of our Revolutionary War Road trip).


Famous People of the Revolutionary War for Kids

Famous People of the Revolutionary War for Kids

George Washington for Kids

George Washington was the first President of the United States of America (1789-1797). He led the American victory over Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army from 1775 to 1783, and presided over the writing of the Constitution in 1787.


Spy Nathan Hale for Kids

Hale was a soldier for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He volunteered to be a spy in New York City but was captured by the British. He is best remembered for his last words before being hanged: “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.”

DIY Spy Cipher – Revolutionary War Spies

 revolutionary war spies and a fun DIY Spy Cipher activity for kids of all ages
We made our own spy cipher this week! I had seen directions using lots of mayo lids – but we don’t go through that many in a couple years…. so it was time to improvise! I printed off strips with each letter of the alphabet, next sheet all letters in a different order, and continued until I had 7 strips (this is easy to do in Excel). Then I taped them around a toilet paper roll (we always have lots of those!) To make the code find the first letter of the word and use the letter below it. Continue until you have the word spelled. Then use an underscore and start at the beginning for the next word. Goofy was amused the message looked like gibberish! Remember, this only works if you & the person receiving the message both have the same cipher!

Thomas Paine

Paine was an English American author, pamphleteer, radical, inventor, intellectual, revolutionary, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. His principal contributions were the powerful, widely read pamphlet Common Sense (1776), the all-time best-selling American book that advocated colonial America’s independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.

(Uncommon Revolutionary: A Story About Thomas Paine)

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton was a Founding Father, soldier, economist, political philosopher, one of America’s first constitutional lawyers and the first United States Secretary of the Treasury. As Treasurer he established a national bank, a system of tariffs, and friendly trade relations with Britain.

Baron von Steuben 

Baron Von Steuben was a Prussian-born military officer who served as inspector general of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He taught them the essentials of military drills, tactics, and disciplines. He wrote the Revolutionary War Drill Manual, the book that served as the standard United States drill manual until the War of 1812

We practiced drilling to become our own army.


Lafayette was a French aristocrat & military officer who served as a major-general in the Continental Army under George Washington during the Revolutionary War. He returned to France to negotiate an increase in French support. On his return, he blocked troops led by Cornwallis at Yorktown while the armies of Washington prepared for battle against the British.

NOTE: Sometimes we skim through these books. I cannot guarantee the books thoroughly as we only uses parts or look at pictures. So forgive me if there is something in these recommendations that I don’t see =-)

Download FREE Revolutionary War Timeline & Lapbook

Declaration of Independence for Kids Worksheets

We also added this weeks’ events & famous people to our lapbook. You can download the American Revolutionary Lapbook here.

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.


See the rest of the lessons in this Revolutionary War for Kids unit:

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History Lessons for Kids

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

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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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