When we study this time period, I include as many colonial games and hands-on activities as possible as a way to bring Colonial America to life for my older kids.
Brave and adventurous men and women came to America in the 1600-1700s to explore new lands and new opportunities. Their search for personal and religious freedoms lead to the settlement of our original 13 colonies and eventually a new nation. Although stories of colonial times paint a picture of life during this time, tweens/teen can gather a better understanding daily life for the American colonists with the help of these creative colonial hands-on history projects.
Make a Map – Make map work more interesting by drawing, tracing, building and even eating your map creations!!
Create a Jamestown Replica – Get a sense for the scale and detail of the original Jamestown settlement while creating your own replica.
Learn with American Girl Dolls – Use your American Girl dolls and their stories to learn about American history. Cooking and crafts are some of the activities to share with your dolls.
Cooking with Corn – Corn was a staple of the colonial diet. Learn to make 2 quick and tasty dishes from the time – Johnnycakes and Spoon Bread.
Liberty Bell Scavenger Hunt – Use a variety of resources to find answers to some very interesting trivia questions about the Liberty Bell.
Colonial Games – With a few simple items you can make games and toys that children of all ages enjoyed playing in colonial times.
Build an American Early Settler Wattle & Daub House – Build a home like the ones used by the settlers in Jamestown.
Create Unique Videos – You child can be the star of their own movie by acting out important scenes from colonial history or use their computer and items around the house to make stop-motion animated films.
Travel Brochure Project – Create an engaging travel brochure to share information about your favorite colony.
Recreate Ben Franklin’s Inventions – He is often referred to as one of our county’s “Founding Fathers” but Benjamin Franklin’s contributions reached well beyond his politics and diplomacy. He was also a writer, printer, scientist and inventor.
You can also download our free Exploring the 13 Colonies Study Guide to further your family’s study of this interesting time in our country’s history with notebooking pages, writing prompts, discussion questions, crafts, and more!
Follow along as we share hands-on projects for teens to do while they’re studying various time periods in history.