Teach kids what life was like for America’s first early settlers with this fun, memorable, hands on Colonial America for Kids unit. We have fun, engaging colonial activities for kids and free printable colonial america worksheets in this 4 part lesson: Jamestown for kids, Pilgrims for Kids, Dutch and Sweeds for KIds, and William Penn for Kids. This american history for kids lesson is fun for pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students. You will love all the creative educational activities that make history come alive in our history lessons for kids.
Colonial America for Kids
Learn about early american settlers with this fun, hands-on colonial america for kids lesson for elementary age kids from kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, and grade 6 students. Children will learn about wthe colonial era as they try hands-on colonial activities for kids and fill out colonial america worksheets. Kids will explore the homes, food, art, and differences in the original 13 colonies. Plus, this fun homeschool history lesson is FREE! I hope your family has fun learning about american colonial period together.
What is Colonial America
Colonial America was the time period when permanent settlements began in the newly discovered Americas. The vast land was settled by Spanish, Dutch, French and English immigrants. The British founded the first colony at Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607 which thrived for 100 years before it was abandoned for neighboring Williamsburg. But the settlement in North America is St. Augustine in Florida. On September 8, 1565, Spanish explorer Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles landed on the eastern coast of today’s Florida. Little by little, more and more settlers arrived to settle what would become the 13 colonies (New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia) – seeking religious freedom and an escape from persecution.
There are 4 parts to this early american settlers for kids unit; make sure to click on each blue link to see more!
Start off our Colonial America for Kids history unit with a look at the first permanent English settlement in America – Jamestown. Lots of hand on projects like eating Gruel, making a Wattle & Daub house, and creating a tin lantern will make the settlement come alive. Also included are free worksheets, writing prompts, and book recommendations to round out your unit on Jamestown.
This lesson is perfect for our lesson on Colonial America for Kids, but would also be fantastic in November when learning about the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving.
Kids will have fun making costumes, learning how Squanto taught the settlers to plant crops, writing with a quill, making Johnny Cakes, and making a traditional colonial toy – marbles! Round out your week with some great book recommendations and free colonial worksheets.
Learn about Dutch & Swedish settlers in America, make homemade butter, build a log cabin , read some fantastic historical fiction, and complete free colonial worksheets.
Dive into this weeks lesson as you learn about William Penn who founded Pennsylvania. Kids will enjoy making traditional silhouette art projects, a colonial punishment stock, and more as they learn about the Pennsylvania Dutch. Round out your week with some fantastic books and free colonial worksheets.
History Lessons for Kids
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- Colonial America for Kids takes kids on a journey back to the first settlers in America – eat Gruel, makea Wattle & Daub house, create a tin lantern, write with a quill, make simple Johnny Cakes, make you own marbles, create traditional silhouette art projects, and more.
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- United States for Kids – we have worksheets, games, state coloring pages and more to make learning about the USA fun!
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