History Activities for All Eras

These history activities could be adapted for almost any historical theme. Find lots of suggestions for classroom activities here, from making books, to food ideas, to art techniques.

Use these history activity ideas to make history fun for kids!

If you need an activity for a SPECIFIC TIME PERIOD, click one of the bars below for targeted ideas for your lesson plans. Otherwise, general ideas for crafts and projects are listed below that.

US History Project Ideas
World History Activities & Crafts

History Activities: Activity Books

101 Social Studies Activities for Curious Kids by The Learning Co.

Hands-On History: World History Activities by G. Sundem & Kristi Pikiewicz. Shell Education, 2006.

History Activities: Books & Coloring

Make a miniature 6-page book out of a sheet of paper with this folding technique! Then write and illustrate your theme.

Find many different categories here: famous people, Geography, History, Military, etc. This is the most thorough coloring page resource available!

History Activities: Crafts

Want a more specific history activity? Click on one of the banners below for kids crafts. These craft ideas are separated into American & World history, and then further arranged by time period:

American History Kids Crafts

World History Crafts

World History Kids Crafts

History Activities: Food

Lots of choices and recipes at The Food Timeline let you taste typical food from Prehistory to the Present.

History Activities: Games

Create your own BINGO Boards on any topic with this software!

Jumbo Book of Learning Games by Teacher Created Resources.

Social Studies Games by Teacher Created Resources gives you 28 card games you can copy onto card stock, cut out, and play!

Check out our list of History Games! We have PAGES of them on this site! Start here.

History Activities: Notebooking

Notebooking simply means that your students journal, timeline, and make/label maps and create other simple projects to keep in a notebook. All this becomes something like a mini-scrapbook about the cultures and time periods they have studied during the year. At the end of the year, instead of having a few test grades to show, they have a meaningful keepsake.

History Notebooking

Learn more about notebooking and get some free pages for historical topics at ProductiveHomeschooling.com.

Write Reports the Easy Way!  For a younger child, it is easier to dictate reports and have you write or type them out. Use the handwriting fonts
at this link, and have your student copy his/her own words after the
report is printed out. (This company charges a fee, but offers all
major handwriting styles.)

Get Free History Notebooking Pages at this link!

History Pockets

Another great history Notebooking resource is a series put out by Evan-Moor called History Pockets.
The titles range from Ancient Civilizations to Moving West in
America. The selections are offered in Grades 1-3 or Grades 4-6.
History Pockets offers a wide variety of projects while incorporating a
little art in the mix, and all of these can be stored in a Notebook.

History Activities: Paint

Make some Sandy Glue Paint and create artwork on any theme.

History Activities: Paper Dolls & Historical Figures

These Historical Paper Dolls are not just for girls! Print and color these free figures from many different eras.

History Activities: Puzzles

Make your own puzzles–word searches, crossword puzzles, and more–about the topic you are studying!

History Activities: Radio Programs

Old Time Radio presents You Are There, programs simulating news reports of various notable days in history. Each segment originally aired between 1947 and 1950, and is about 30 minutes long. Enjoy them as is, or listen and then make one of your own!

History Activities: Soldier Figurines to Paint

This company offers soft plastic soldier figurines from throughout history–from Ancients to Medieval to Modern! Buy enough for the whole class!

Please Contact Us with any ideas you have for history activities that would be a good fit for this collection!

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