This Unique American Revolution Artifact Project Combines Art and History

This American Revolution artifact project is a cool, unique American history activity to add to your lesson plans.

If your child thinks history is boring, you need to add some hands-on activities into your lesson plans right now. It’s simply the best way for middle schoolers to get a good feel for what a time period was like in a way that they won’t get from just reading a textbook.

Personally, we love to add both art and crafts into our history studies, but that can be challenging.

But Art in History combines the two into a wonderful project for tweens.

If you're not adding hands-on activities into your middle school history lesson plans, you need to start. One of my favorites is Art In History and their projects are perfect for homeschoolers. They offer quality, all-in-one kits, so kids can study history through the process of recreating a historical artifact. My tween created this Colonial teapot when she studied the American Revolution. Which will you choose? #americanhistory #tweens #teens #homeschoolhistory #middleschool #educationpossible

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Art in History

Although there are many craft projects available for history, I have not found many art projects, especially historically accurate ones. That is why I immediately fell in love with these self-contained kits from Art In History.

They are perfect for my history loving, art inclined daughter.

So why should you use an Art In History project in your homeschool? Because their high-quality, all-in-one kits, give kids an opportunity to study history through the process of recreating a historical artifact.

They have a bunch of different types of projects that span hundreds of years. You’ll be able to complete a new art piece for each time period you study.

American Revolution Artifact Project

I knew that when we were studying the 1700s, I wanted to add the American Revolution Teapot to our history studies. It’s also a coin bank, so kids can use it after they’re finished.

Abigail was excited about the fact that she was creating something that would have been used in Colonial days, a historical replica. She worked hard to copy the motif and went back after she penciled it in to check it against the supplied patterns and made adjustments where she needed to.

Did you read that? Supplied patterns. In color. That meant Abigail wasn’t stuck for design ideas and could feel successful with what she created.

Also, by including a variety of patterns and painting instructions, kids who are not as strong in art can complete one of these kits, which is a huge bonus.

Study the American Revolution by Combining Art and History Education Possible

I loved that this was a detailed project that inspired my daughter to take her time. Too many art and craft activities are simple for her, so she often rushes through. However, because she considered this an important artifact, she took her time.

In fact, she completed the drawing and painting over a couple of days because she didn’t want to feel rushed.

A Complete Educational Project

When you purchase an Art In History kit, you receive everything you need to complete your art project. This includes access to detailed lesson plans related to the time period that your item originated from, as well as information on the replica itself.

For example, I was able to download teaching points on the American Revolution and reasons why the teapot and its pattern were a part of history. This saved me a ton of research time, which I appreciated.

Study the American Revolution by Combining Art and History Education Possible

Whenever possible, I like to link tangible items to historical events. What better way to launch into a discussion about the Revolutionary War than with a Colonial teapot?

While Abigail worked on the teapot, I asked both girls why they thought this piece was included.

We had been studying the 13 Colonies and my kids have always been fascinated by the Boston Tea Party, so we had quite an interesting conversation about tea and its role in the American Revolution.

Both girls were chanting, “no taxation without representation!”

I read the enclosed lesson plan aloud to the girls while regularly interjecting questions to make sure they were paying attention and understood the key points. I really enjoyed the fact that all the laws, or acts, that the British Parliament passed were listed and explained.

This is definitely a handy resource.

Study the American Revolution by Combining Art and History Education Possible

Colonial Teapot

The hands-on history Colonial teapot kit includes:

  • teapot replica
  • paint brush
  • sponge
  • disposable paint pallets
  • paint – historically appropriate colors
  • FREE lesson download including the history of the artifact, the time period, full-color map, designs & motifs, and step-by-step decorating instructions.
Study the American Revolution by Combining Art and History Education Possible

As you can see, it’s incredibly easy to add this hands-on activity to your history lessons. Because it’s self-contained, your older kids could easily complete it on their own. Try one. I think your tween will love it.

Are you excited about this American Revolution Artifact Project?

Megan Zechman
I love homeschooling! Learning is a way of life for our family. Most days you will find us exploring our Central Florida community, having fun while learning. I am constantly looking for new and interactive ways to engage my older children.
Megan Zechman
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  1. I would choose either the French Revolution – Limoges Style Tabatiere or the Louisiana Purchase – Early American Sugar Bowl!

  2. I’m going to be teaching American history next year for my kids and I’ve started searching for creative ways to teach this. I love this idea.

  3. Love, love this idea! We are currently study US History as we travel around the states with our two children. This would be a great asset!

  4. I’m interested in several of the kits, but the Egypt and Colonial/American Revolution kits are the two I’m most interested in right now. Either would make me really happy!

  5. My daughter would love almost any of the projects, I suspect! But the first choice would be Quetzalcoatl, because it will go perfectly with our upcoming history unit.

  6. I had never seen this site before, these art projects look so fun. We are new to homeschooling, grades 3 & 7. my girls love anything Art related.

  7. Wonderful ideas! My kids go to public school, but I continue to come to Education Possible to get fun ideas. I really like the American Revolution Colonial Teapot Kit!

  8. I think my daughter would enjoy the tea pot but my oldest son would like the mask.

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