Civil War Hands-on Activities for Kids

There are many ways to help children relate to the historical events they are studying — we often use books, music, art, and of course hands-on activities.  Over the years we have found many projects and activities to help our kids to learn more about the American Civil War.

We have found many projects and activities to help our middle school kids to learn more about the American Civil War. We love books, music, art, and of course history hands-on activities. Project ideas for tweens/teens.

Lasting from 1861-1865, the American Civil War was difficult, complicated, and significant era in our country’s history.  Our nation was divided on many issues and families were torn apart as brothers fought against each other on opposite sides of the battlefields. It is important for students to understand the roll the events of this period in our history played in shaping the nation we live in today.

Here are several ideas for hands-on activities to help bring studies of the Civil War to life for your students:

Memorize and Recite the Gettysburg Address

Draw a Civil War cannon with this chalk art tutorial

Make a soldier’s meal of hardtack, shortbread, and stew using traditional Civil War recipes

Discuss the Underground Railroad with the help of a walking simulation

Become a Civil War mapmaker to help generals navigate throughout the countryside

Draw maps of the United States and document troop movements and battlefields during the Civil War

Listen to music and bugle calls from the Civil War

Analyze photographs taken during the Civil War to better understand day-to-day life of the soldiers

Take a field trip to a Civil War site in your area

Make a Confederate flag

Create your own Civil War uniforms

Attend a Civil War Reenactment event in your area

We have found many projects and activities to help our middle school kids to learn more about the American Civil War. We love books, music, art, and of course history hands-on activities. Project ideas for tweens/teens.

 

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Here are some very helpful Unit Studies for even more lesson plans and hands-on activities:

Slavery & the Civil War Unit Study from Our Journey Westward

The Unrivaled Guide to Civil War Activities for Kids by Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus

Civil War 150 Educator’s Guide from History.com

Time Travelers American History Study: The Civil War by Homeschool in the Woods

We have found many projects and activities to help our middle school kids to learn more about the American Civil War. We love books, music, art, and of course history hands-on activities. Project ideas for tweens/teens.

If you need ideas for making other historical time periods fun and interactive, follow along with our 5 Days of Interesting Hands-on History Projects for Teens.

Very few middle school kids want to sit down and only read about history from a dry textbook. They want to get their hands dirty, build stuff, and really get a sense of what it was like to live during the time periods they’re studying. Don't make history boring - use hands-on projects and activities to make history fun. A week of fun and interactive ideas for middle school history.

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