We had a great time trying out and reviewing Project Passport from Home School in the Woods a few months ago, so I was thrilled to get to try another of their products. My kids have been having fun creating their Make-A-State Activity from the Activity-Paks series. We chose to start with Kansas since that is where we currently live, but we plan to make some of the other states as well! It fits perfectly with the kid’s upcoming study of American History.
This Activity-Pak contains templates to make lap books for all 50 states and Washington D.C. so you can make a lap book for any state and as many states as you choose! It also comes with a bonus “Name That State!” file folder game that we are looking forward to trying out. I think will be a great addition to studying U.S. history.
The downloadable resources in this pack are well organized and easy to use. The instructions are clear and completing each activity is pretty simple. There is even a sheet of state facts for each state in the bonus section to help fill in many of the mini-books.
- A file folder for each student and each state you plan to complete
- Printer and plenty of ink (mostly black with minimal color)
- Colored and white cardstock
- Colored and white printer paper
- Crayons and/or colored pencils
- A single hole punch
- Small piece of string, yarn, or ribbon (per project)
- Double sided tape and/or glue stick and liquid glue (I suggest having all 3 on hand)
- Corrugated cardboard (a small amount per project)
- Stapler with staples
- 7” wooden skewer (per project)
- Small piece of velcro (per project)
- Books about the state(s) or an Encyclopedia with state facts or Google
Optional: laminating sheets could be used to reinforce some of the activities and parts of the Name That State! game.
My kids loved putting together their lap book and we learned quite a bit about our state. We generally take a very literature-based approach to history, but having a fun hands-on activity adds a little something extra to the lessons that the kids find fun and exciting. They were constantly begging me to work on their lap book and can’t wait to start another one. The kids and I both enjoy note booking and lap booking projects. I am thrilled to have children old enough to do them! I found that having my kids work together on one lap book works better than having them each do their own (it also creates less clutter). My 11-year-old thinks she is a bit too old for this type of activity but is happy to help “lead” it. My 5-year-old can’t quite do all of the activities on his own and needs lots of help. My 7-year-old is just the right age to do most of it on her own but isn’t really old enough to help her younger brother. Having them all work together results in all of them learning and enjoying the project and less work for me.
Home School in the Woods is a hands-on history company that provides many product lines to add a fun, interactive component to any history study. I have loved all of the products I have tried so far! I am hoping to try both the Artists and the Composers Activity-Paks in the near future as well as the Timeline Trio.
Home School in the Woods is now also offering a-la-carte projects! You can purchase specific projects from one of the larger sets without purchasing the entire set. There are currently 50 projects offered and many more are being considered for this option. Right now you can use the code “alacarte” to get the Erie Canal project for FREE in celebration of the 200th anniversary of beginning the canal.
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