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Vikings for Kids w/ Amazing DIY Viking Ship for Kids

Join us as we sail into a fun history lesson about the vikings for kids. This explorers for kids is the start of our hands-on history for kids Unit. In this all about explorers we pretended to be early explorers with engaging viking activities, made a HUGE DIY Viking boat, created some viking crafts for kids, fun-to-read viking books for kids, and more! Plus, don’t miss the free viking printables. Simply print pdf file with viking lapbook and viking worksheets and you are ready to play and learn!

Join us as we sail into a fun history lesson about the vikings for kids. This explorers for kids is the start of our hands-on history for kids Unit. In this all about explorers we pretended to be early explorers with engaging viking activities, made a HUGE DIY Viking boat, created some viking crafts for kids, fun-to-read viking books for kids, and more! Plus, don't miss the free viking printables. Simply print pdf file with viking lapbook and viking worksheets and you are ready to play and learn!

Vikings for Kids

Kids are naturally curiuos about famous people in history, especially those with iconic things like viking hats and viking ships! We began our explorers for kids lesson by learning about the notorious sailors from Scandanavia with vikings for kids. In this 5 week lesson all about explorers we make a HUGE DIY viking ship, viking activities, lots of viking books, and comlete our viking lapbook with the free printables below.

Explorers for Kids

THis is the first week of our hands-on homeschool history unity on early explorers for kids you will learn about the Vikings, Christopher Columbus, Magellan, and more. It also includes free printable labook with timeline and famous explorers to help elementary kids retain the information they’ve learned.

Start by scrolling to the bottom of the post, under the terms of use, and click on the text link that says >> _____ <<. The pdf file will open in a new window for you to save the freebie and print the template.

Vikings Costumes for homeschoolers

Viking Activities

We made a sword from cardboard & foil We were going to make a Viking hat, but realized we had one in our dress up clothes instead. This is the durable  Viking helmet we own. We made our round shield from a (pizza) box & foil

DIY Homeschool Vikings Ship
DIY Homeschool Vikings Ship

DIY Viking Boat

We used our box to create, as close as we could, a kid-size replica of a Viking ship. It was fun to make over Christmas break when Daddy was around to help us too!

  • our ship is brown as the ships were made of wood (We left out the animal fat to make the space between the wood water resistant =-)
  • ship shape allowed the Vikings to have the fastest ships of their time.
  • retractable oars – just like the Vikings for when the weather was bad.
  • shields – we lined the sides with shields like Vikings did for additional protection and storage for their fitting shields.
  • intimidating dragon on the front of our ship to scare away the towns we went to pillage – Vikings usually had dragons or snakes.
  • personal belongings – kids sat on a trunk that held their belongings for the journey (change of clothes, food, and bucket to hold drinking water or bail out water from the ship.
  • ruder at the back for the helmsman to steer the ship away from rocks or icebergs.  Pretty cool, huh?

Vikings History Comes Alive

We did a history activity, we rowed from Greenland to America just like Leif Erikson, ate grapes & called it Vineland (although the Vikings really found blueberries, but they thought they were grapes), and  then eager to take home wood & grapes we rowed back to Greenland.

Vikings Coloring Sheet

Vikings Coloring Sheet

We colored in the Viking pictures from the Exploration of North American Coloring Book.  This wonderful coloring book is only $3.95 and includes coloring pages & information for 39 North American explorers – great for younger children to learn alongside elementary age homeschoolers.

Watched Vikings Veggies Tales

We wateched Veggie Tales: Lyle the Kindly Viking.  This is a great gentle introduction to the historic Vikings for younger learners (ages 2-6). Then we practiced pillaging other lands like the Viking Pirates did. We would arrive at dawn, yell as we got off our boat, take supplies, burn the buildings (no we didn’t really do that part), and got back in our boat and sailed for home.

Did you know they were so feared the King of France gave the Vikings Normandy so they wouldn’t pillage any of the rest of France?

Viking worksheets for homeschoolers

Viking Map Activity

For our viking mapping activity we found key countries on a map: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Greenland (Erik the Red) , North America (Leif Eriksson), and Normandy France. This printable is in my lapbook pack you can print above.

       

       

Vikings books for Kids

We did this unit when my kiddo was in first grade so we used a simple reader. But this unit is adapatable to all kids in elementary school.  Pick the book(s) that fit your child’s reading level best.

Historical reading comprehension

After reading about Leif Erickson,  we wrote down key points in the story. Then Goofy ordered them – 1st, 2nd, Next, Then, Finally.
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Viking Activities for Kids

The kids loved this cute Viking Maze
viking masks

Viking Arts and Crafts

Made Viking Mask (click to go to template we used)

Other fun resources include:

 

Vikings Lapbook

The free early explorers labpbook and timeline contains key points about the different explorers on cards as well as free early explorer worksheets for kids.

Note: I will be making this free printable, along with some fun worksheets, for each of the explorers we study. I am making the lapbook into a timeline – here is our lapbook with our first Explorer.

free explorers preschool pack

Viking Worksheets

And if you have little ones make sure you check out my Early Explorers Worksheets so your little one can join in on the fun too!

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 Magellan & The Spanish Conquistadors for Kids 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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History Lessons for Kids

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

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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:

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United States Lesson for Kids

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FREE viking worksheets and lapbook

Viking Printables

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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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