Life in Colonial Times/Life for Colonial Americans – Jobs, Dress, Daily Life, and other Resources

Life in Colonial Times/Life for Colonial Americans – Jobs, Dress, Daily Life, etc. 

Dates covered: 1607-1774

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Arts and Crafts: 

Colonial Craft Supply Shoppe

A variety of authentic arts and crafts as made in colonial days.  

Colonial Days: Discover the Past with Fun Projects, Games, Activities, and Recipes Over 40 fun, hands-on projects and activities from the days of colonial America. Spend a year with the Mayhews, a family living in the Massachusetts colony of 1732. Ten-year-old Nathan and his twelve-year-old sister, Sarah, are eager to share all the fun and adventure–and the hard work–of their daily lives. Along the way, they’ll show you how to play games, make toys and crafts, and perform lots of interesting and challenging everyday activities. Churn your butter and whip up a batch of tasty Maple Cream treats. Write with a quill pen you can make yourself, learn how to dip candles, and play popular games like Jackstraws, Crack the Egg, and Sheep Over the Fence. Colonial Days is filled with interesting historical information and fun facts about growing up in days gone by. Discover how different–and how similar–life was for American kids in history.

Colonial Kids: An Activity Guide to Life in the New World Young adventurers can learn about the settling of America while enjoying activities like stitching a sampler, pitching horseshoes, making an almanac, churning butter, making a rag rug, baking gingersnaps, making soap, and much more, while reading text providing background and context. 

Explore Colonial America How did the colonists build homes, feed and clothe themselves, and get along with the Native Americans who were already here? This accessible introduction to the colonial period teaches young children about the daily lives of ordinary colonists and offers fascinating stories about those who helped shape the emerging nation. Activities range from creating a ship out of a bar of soap and building a log home out of graham crackers and pretzels to making a wampum necklace. Projects are easy-to-follow, require minimal adult supervision, and use primarily common household products and recycled supplies.

Books (All Ages): 


Molly Bannaky On a cold gray morning in 1683, at age 17, when Molly Walsh spilled while milking a cow, she was brought before the court for stealing. The English dairymaid was exiled and sentenced to work as an indentured servant in colonial America. Molly worked for a planter for seven long years. Then she was given an ox hitched to a cart, some supplies-and her freedom. That a lone woman should stake land was unheard of. That she would marry an African slave was even more so. Yet Molly prospered, and with her husband Bannaky, she turned a one-room cabin in the wilderness into a thriving one-hundred-acre farm. And one day she had the pleasure of writing her new grandson’s name in her cherished Bible: Benjamin Banneker. Picture book. Younger to Middle students. Maryland. 


The Courage of Sarah Noble In 1707, young Sarah Noble and her father traveled through the wilderness to build a new home for their family. “Keep up your courage, Sarah Noble,” her mother had said, but Sarah found that it was not always easy to feel brave inside. The dark woods were full of animals and Indians, too, and Sarah was only eight! The true story of Sarah’s journey is inspiring. And as she cares for her father and befriends her Indian neighbors, she learns that to be afraid and to be brave is the greatest courage of all. Level 3.9. Younger students. Connecticut.


Eliza Pinckney A biography of the industrious young woman who helped introduce the cultivation of the indigo plant in South Carolina. Middle students. 


Calico Bush In 1743, thirteen-year-old Marguerite Ledoux travels to Maine as the indentured servant of a family that regards her as little better than the Indians that threaten them, but her strength, quick thinking, and courage surprise them all. Level 4.8. Mature Middle to Older students.  


Maggie’s Dare: The Great Awakening explores both the Great Awakening and the early stirrings of the abolition movement while showing young readers that they, too, can serve God by serving others, A Sisters in Time book from a Christian perspective. Massachusetts. Middle to Older students. 


A Day in the Life of a Colonial Indigo Planter Presents a day in the life of South Carolinian Eliza Pinckney, who was unusual in that she was one of the few female plantation owners in colonial times. Younger to Middle students. Level 5.0. South Carolina. 


50 Things You Didn’t Know About Colonial America Toothless at Twenty in Colonial America? Discover some of the most amazing and amusing facts about life in Colonial America and how the pilgrims survived it all. Note: We used it as a review and my children loved knowing that they already knew many of the things they weren’t supposed to know! Lexile 990. Younger to Middle students. 

A Day in the Life of a Colonial Lighthouse Keeper Follow Thomas Knox through a day of work at Boston Light. As we learn about some of the daily tasks and responsibilities of a colonial lighthouse keeper, Knox’s reminiscences tell the reader the history of Boston Light, while we also learn what some of his daily responsibilities might have been. Knox, and other lighthouse keepers like him, maintained the lighthouse, lit its huge lanterns nightly, and monitored the weather. When a storm arose, Knox often risked his life to save sailors whose boats crashed on the rocks beyond the lighthouse. Level 4.3. Younger to Middle students. Massachusetts. 

A Day in the Life of a Colonial Miller Describes a day in the life of a Connecticut miller during the Revolutionary War, how his gristmill operated, how he kept his tools clean, and what happened when British troops approached. Nonfiction. Easy to Read level 4.9. Middle students. 

A Day in the Life of a Colonial Schoolteacher by Wilmore, Kathy 9780823954292 | eBay

A Day in the Life of a Colonial Schoolteacher Describes a day in a colonial American dame school, including who attended, what they learned, and what chores they did. Level 4.3. Younger to Middle students. Connecticut. 

A Day in the Life of a Colonial Shipwright Describes a day in the life of a shipbuilder, discussing training, key figures in the field, and steps to building a ship. Younger to Middle students. Level 4.8. New Hampshire. 

A Long Road on a Short Day In a story of perseverance and determination told with warmth and sparkling with humor, a short winter day finds Samuel and Papa walking a long road on Samuel’s first trading trip. Meeting strangers, practicing good manners, and being proud to be in Papa’s company, Samuel watches and learns as Papa trades up from almost nothing to the milk cow Mama is yearning for. Level 4.0. Younger to Middle students. 

A Slave Family A Slave Family helps bring to life the many struggles slaves faced during the colonial period, while also celebrating the strength found in family ties. Photos and illustrations accompany clear, engaging text that offers a glimpse into the personal relationships and daily activities that were part of slave family life. Children will learn: – what slavery is – how slavery became part of life in the colonies – what daily life was like for a slave family – how they maintained their cultural traditions from Africa – what it was like to be a child slave and whether they received any education – what kind of work was performed by field hands, house servants, and tradespeople – the difficulty of keeping the family together since slaves were often sold – what happened to slaves when they were freed. Younger to Middle students. Level 6.6. 

Clothes in Colonial America Learn what it is like to dress in colonial times. Simple text and photographs depict the clothes worn by people in Colonial America. Level 2. Younger students. 

Colonial America: An Interactive History Adventure (You Choose History) Europeans came to the American colonies in the 1600s and 1700s in search of a better life. They worked hard and built farms, homes, and towns. But they were still under Great Britain’s rule. Many wanted to make their laws, but that meant going to war against a rich and powerful country. Will you: Travel to Virginia as an indentured servant? Choose between careers as a sailor or a soldier in Massachusetts. Decide which side you’ll take as the country marches closer to revolution. Mature Younger to Middle students. 

Colonial America: Craftspeople Describes the training and work of such craftspeople as carpenters, masons, silversmiths, wigmakers, and leatherworkers living in the American colonies. Middle to Older students. 

Colonial Crafts: Historic Communities Colonial Crafts introduces young readers to the craftspeople who created useful works of art by hand. Children will find out how the artisans learned their trades through many years of apprenticeship, as their masters did before them, and gain an appreciation of the beautiful handmade objects that have lasted more than two hundred years. Visit the workshops of: – the wheelwright – the cooper – the founder – the shoemaker – the milliner – the gunsmith. Younger to Middle students. Level 5.9. 

Colonial Home Describes the homes built in the wilderness and towns during the colonial era, discusses the use of various buildings and furnishings, and explains life for colonists, plantation owners, and slaves. Level 5.7. Middle students. 

Colonial Homes Taking young readers on a journey back in time, this dynamic new series showcases various aspects of colonial life, from people and clothing to homes and food. Younger to Middle students. 

Colonial People: The Apothecary Readers will travel back in time to life in colonial America and explore the everyday life and responsibilities of the apothecary. Find out why anyone could be a doctor (even women and children), why most apothecaries had multiple jobs, and where you could buy candies, leeches, and rhubarb all right next to each other.  Younger to Middle students. 

Colonial People: The Barber Learn about Colonial barbers, including the origins of the powder room, what wigs were made from, and how to keep them styled. Level 5.7. Younger to Middle students. 

Colonial People: The Blacksmith The blacksmith was a very important craftsman in colonial times. He made items from iron used in the home and on the farm and also made tools used by other tradesmen. Blacksmiths also made horseshoes and shod horses. This book brings the smithy to life through beautiful illustrations, detailed diagrams, and clear explanations. The Blacksmith introduces children to: – the importance of the blacksmith in a community – how the smithy was organized – tools and household implements made by the blacksmith – how a horse was shod – the education of the blacksmith – the work the blacksmith did for other craftsmen – an introduction to other metalworkers, such as the founder. Younger to Middle students. 

Colonial People: The Farmer This fascinating book explores the life of a colonial farmer and his importance to the community, as well as everyday life, responsibilities, and social practices during that time. Find out why women and children worked just as hard as the men, why many farms had dozens or hundreds of workers, a how building a farm meant making not only the houses, fields, and barns, but the wells, outbuildings, furniture, fences, and so much more.  Younger to Middle students. 

Colonial People: The Innkeeper A series that introduces students to the lives of colonial community members in the formative years of the United States, exploring the relationship between those people and their community at large as well as aspects of their everyday lives, responsibilities and social lives as colonial Americans. Learn how the innkeepers helped towns keep law, send mail, endorse politicians, and act as a social hub. Level 7.4. Younger to Middle students. 

Colonial People: The Schoolmaster This book explores the life of a colonial schoolmaster and his importance to the community, as well as everyday life, responsibilities, and social practices during that time. Find out why more missionaries sent their children to school than farmers, why being a schoolmaster meant having to live up to high standards, and why some teachers had to switch schools every week.  Younger to Middle students. 

Colonial People: The Silversmith Discover the work of a colonial silversmith, including how silver was mined, why people used silver instead of banks, why silver was plated, why the church was one of the silversmith’s largest customers, how a person went from apprentice to journeyman, tools of the trade, and famous silversmiths.  Younger to Middle students. 

Colonial People: The Surveyor George Washington once worked as a surveyor, but what exactly was a surveyor and what did they do?  This series introduces students to the lives of colonial community members in the formative years of the United States, exploring the relationship between those people and their community at large as well as aspects of their everyday lives, responsibilities, and social lives as colonial Americans. Younger to Middle students. Level 6.5. 

Colonial People: The Woodworkers Discusses the importance of wood in colonial times, describing how trees were cut down and made into lumber and the training of apprentice carpenters, cabinetmakers, coopers, and wheelwrights. Younger to Middle students. 

Colonial Times from A to Z Delightful text and colorful illustrations highlight colonial life from clothing accessories to the various trades performed in the 18th century. Activities such as matching illustrated shop signs to their trades are a fun way to learn. Readers will learn about: – apothecaries – education – outbuildings – wigmakers, and more! Picture book. Level 3.8. Younger to Middle students. 

Colonial Williamburg Series: 

Ann's Story: 1747 (Colonial Williamsburg(R))Nancy's Story, 1765Will's Story: 1771 (Colonial Williamsburg(R))Maria's Story: 1773 (Colonial Williamsburg(R))

  • Colonial Williamsburg: Ann’s Story, 1747 Ann McKenzie loves living in Williamsburg. All of her family and friends are nearby, and there’s always something exciting happening in the colonial capital. Now that she’s 9 years old, it’s time for Ann to start acting like a proper young woman, learning how to knit, cook, and manage a household. She prefers assisting her father, Dr. McKenzie, with his patients and working in his apothecary. Ann knows it’s unheard of for a woman to be a doctor. But there must be some way for her to care for people in the way her father does. Level 4.9. Younger to Middle students. Virginia. 
  • Colonial Williamsburg: Caesar’s Story, 1759 Caesar’s life as a slave consisted of long, hard hours of backbreaking work in the fields. Having his family around him makes everything bearable. Then the new master, Caesar’s childhood playmate, chooses Caesar to be his personal servant and live in the big house, away from his family. Why do things have to change? Follow Caesar as he learns to grow up and be a good slave.  Middle students; contains some hard themes related to slavery. Level 5.1. Middle students. Virginia. 
  • Colonial Williamsburg: Nancy’s Story, 1765 Twelve-year-old Nancy Geddy is concerned that the regulations of the Stamp Act will cause her friend Tom to lose his job as an apprentice at her family’s foundry. Meanwhile, the illness of Nancy’s critical and complaining stepmother, Elizabeth, may prevent the young girl from attending her grandmother’s Christmas ball. Will Nancy be able to accept Elizabeth as her new mother? Middle students. Virginia. 
  • Colonial Williamsburg: Will’s Story, 1771 Eleven-year-old Will Pelham’s father is the gaoler for the city of Williamsburg. Mr. Pelham took the job only three months ago and Will is still uncomfortable with the prisoners in the cells beneath his family’s living quarters. As he does his chores at the gaol, however, he becomes sympathetic to some of the prisoners’ situations, particularly that of Emmanuel, a runaway slave. Then Will starts to suspect that Emmanuel is planning to escape. Will knows Emmanuel would be better off as a runaway — the slave is sure to face a harsh punishment, maybe even death, when he’s reclaimed by his master. But Will has a responsibility to his father, too. What is he to do? Middle students. Virginia. 
  • Colonial Williamsburg: Maria’s Story, 1773 When Maria Rind’s father dies, her mother is forced to carry on his work: writing and publishing The Virginia Gazette, one of Williamsburg’s weekly newspapers. Nine-year-old Maria would like to help too, but instead her older brother is chosen to work at the press. That leaves Maria to look after her three younger brothers-a task she does not enjoy. Then the newspaper comes under attack for its political reporting, and to make matters worse, the Rinds risk losing the press itself. Can Maria find a way to hold her family together? Middle students. Virginia. 
  • Colonial Williamsburg: John’s Story, 1775 The year 1775 is an explosive one — both for the colony of Virginia and 11-year-old John Nicholas’s family. Tensions are rising between England and the colonies, and Virginians disagree on how to act. Like many, John’s father, Robert Carter Nicholas, hopes to find a peaceful solution, but John’s older brother George and his company of the Williamsburg militia think Virginians need to fight for their rights. John feels caught in the middle between the two people he admires most. Can they both be right? Middle students. Virginia.  

Conestoga Wagons Explains how Conestoga wagons were built and driven as well as their historical significance and importance to the early American economy before the invention of the train, truck, or airplane. Picture Book. Younger to Middle students.  Level 5.8. 

Fun and Games in Colonial America (Colonial America)

Fun and Games in Colonial America Pictures and simple text describe some of the games played by children in colonial America. Level 2. Younger students. 

Historic Communities: Colonial Life In this newly revised edition of Colonial Life, young readers will meet the hardworking people of a colonial community, learn about the importance of family members, and discover the roles that religion and education played in people’s lives more than two hundred years ago. They will also learn about: how people traveled from place to place; how adults and children; how a plantation was run; and the impact of the slave trade. Younger to Middle students. 

Historic Communities: Home Crafts Describes crafts made by early settlers, including quilts, candles, clothing, soap, and leather goods. Level 5.2. Younger to Middle students. 

Historic Communities: Old Time Toys Examines the different toys with which children played in the nineteenth century. Younger to Middle students. 

Historic Communities: The Kitchen In the old days the kitchen was the center of family activity. Here the settlers ate their meals, played games, and told stories with only the fireplace and a few candles for warmth and light. In The Kitchen, young readers will take a close look at the early fireplace and the tools and utensils surrounding it. Domestic chores carried out in the kitchen are described as including: – baking bread – making butter – preserving food – washing clothes. Younger to Middle students. 

Historic Communities: Visiting a Village This newly revised edition of Visiting a Village is an ideal introduction to understanding the concept of community. Children will learn how the people in early communities worked together with a spirit of cooperation by trading their goods and services with each other. Knowing about what they might see on their first visit to a historic site will help spark a child’s curiosity. In this book, they will meet such individuals as: the miller, the sawyer, the storekeeper, and the metal and woodworkers. Level 5.2. Younger to Middle students. 

Home Life in Colonial Days

Home Life in Colonial Days A robust look into home life during the Colonial period. Discover detailed accounts of how the colonists built their homes in the wilderness, procured their food, raised their families, worked, and worshiped.  This history of life and customs is complete with painstaking line drawings of the homes, tools, costumes, housewares, and domestic artifacts of colonial times. Middle to Older students. 

Homes in Colonial America Simple text and photographs depict homes in colonial America, describing their interiors, exteriors, and such typical features as fireplaces and outhouses. Level 2. Younger students. 

Huskings, Quiltings, and Barn Raisings: Work-Play Parties in Early America: Sherrow, Victoria, Loturco, Laura: 9780802781864: Books

Huskings, Quiltings, and Barn Raisings: Work-Play Parties in Early America A look back at how early Americans combined difficult tasks with socializing discusses barn building, corn husking, quilting bees, and other projects; and the food, dancing, and courting that often went with them. Middle to Older students. 

If You Lived in Colonial Times If you lived in colonial times –What kind of clothes would you wear? –Would you go to school? –What would happen if you didn’t behave? This book tells you what it was like to live in the New England colonies during the years 1565 to 1776. Younger to Middle students. 

If You Were a Kid in the Thirteen Colonies It is winter of 1724 in the North American colonies. With her mother sick in bed and her father away on business, Charlotte Sheppard is left to watch over her younger siblings and the family farm as a dangerous storm blows in overnight. Meanwhile, Charlotte’s friend Elijah Coth is concerned that his immigrant family will return home to Holland after so many setbacks on their own farm. Readers (Ages 7-9) will join Charlotte and Elijah as they work together to make repairs and feed their families in the aftermath of the storm. Younger to Middle students. 

Kids in Colonial Times Concentrates on the history and customs of the settlements along the Eastern seaboard, examining the homes, clothing, food, religion, schooling, and play. Level 4.0. Younger to Middle students. 

Money and Finance in Colonial America Presents the history of money in colonial times, discussing how settlers and Native Americans traded goods and services, used wampum shells as a form of money, and how paper money, coins, and banks became a part of colonial life. Level 5.6. Younger to Middle students. 

School in Colonial America A brief description of schools in colonial America, and what children learned there. Level 2.1. Younger students. 

Skippack School With his German family, Eli crosses the Atlantic on The Charming Nancy. From Philadelphia, oxen pull their wagon into Penn’s Woods, where they make their new home in the Skippack area. Eli loves outdoor work and play, but Mom says he must go to school. Though Eli expects the teacher to be cross, Master Christopher Dock is kind, firm, and patient. Pennsylvania. Middle students. 

The Cold, Hard Facts about Science and Medicine in Colonial America Travel back to a time when: No one knew what germs were or that they made you sick. People believed the moon had magical powers. Step into the lives of the colonists, and learn the cold, hard facts about science and medicine in colonial America. Middle students. 

The Colonial Caper Mystery at Williamsburg by Carole Marsh | Goodreads

The Colonial Caper Mystery at Williamsburg Grant and Christina can’t wait to visit Colonial Williamsburg with their mystery-writing grandmother Mimi and cowboy-pilot grandfather Papa. It feels like you are whisked back in time when you go to Williamsburg! says Mimi. And as soon as the kids arrive, they are whisked into a quirky colonial mystery involving a valuable and missing map! It’s a gift for the Queen of England-but where is it? Join Grant and Christina as they tour some taverns, carouse in the Capitol, take a wild carriage ride, and even end up in gool -all in the name of the Queen! It’s a map mix-up you don t want to miss! Set in modern times.  Note: Contains some slang that some families might not enjoy. Middle students.  

The Colonial Cook Discusses the foods, methods, equipment, and places used by cooks in colonial America. Younger to Middle students. Level 5.9. 

The Gristmill Early pioneers would travel from far and wide to visit the gristmill for the essential service of having their grain ground. Communities often developed in areas where gristmills had been built. In The Gristmill young readers will find out how the miller produced flour, the staple of life, as well as learn the answers to these questions: – How does wheat become bread? – Where was the gristmill located and why was it so crucial to a community? – What jobs did the miller do? – What was the source of power and how did it turn the grinding stones? Middle students. 

The Milliner Describes the work of the milliner in colonial America, which included gown making, laundering, and lace making, as well as selling sewing supplies and other goods. Younger to Middle students. Level 5.9. 

The Life of a Colonial Blacksmith Graphic Novel. Colonial blacksmiths not only fashioned objects from iron, but they were also sometimes involved in other trades, such as veterinary medicine. Readers will follow a day in the life of a blacksmith in this graphic book. Based on the life of a real blacksmith of record.

The Life of a Colonial Innkeeper Graphic Novel.  In colonial times, a law required all towns to have at least one inn for travelers. This volume explains why inns were vital in spreading news around the colonies as it follows the life of actual innkeeper Christiana Campbell throughout the course of a typical day. Clear, concise text is presented in graphic format to give a fun twist to a historical topic.

The Life of a Colonial Printer Graphic Novel. Printers played a major role in the American Revolution. They risked their careers and freedom for printing seditious ideas in their newspapers. Readers will discover how the printing press worked and how vital a printer was to the community. A fun historical topic in a graphic presentation that will captivate young readers.

The Life of a Colonial Schoolteacher Graphic Novel. Readers will be intrigued to learn how different colonial schools were from their own. The graphic format will attract reluctant readers, who will learn about Colonial America as they follow a schoolteacher through a typical day. Includes brief biographical entries of famous colonial schoolteachers.

The Life of a Colonial Soldier Graphic Novel. The life of a colonial soldier was not a glamorous one, but it was a position held with a lot of pride. Readers will learn how men of all ages fought and died to help our country win its independence from the British. The graphic format will make this book hard to keep on the shelves. Profiles of famous colonial soldiers supplement the text.

The Life of a Colonial Wigmaker Graphic Novel. Wigs were both a fashion statement and a status symbol in colonial times. Who made and powdered these famous wigs? Find out the answer in this graphic history book that looks at a day in the life of an acutal colonial wigmaker.


The Story of the Conestoga Wagon Traces the history of the wooden wagons which, for more than one hundred years, served as the major means of transportation for settlers going west. Cornerstones of Freedom series. Middle students. 

Tools and Gadgets: Historic Communities Describes the tools used by colonial farmers, millers, woodworkers, metalworkers, printers, and others. Level 5.7. Younger to Middle students. 

What People Wore in Colonial America Discusses the types of clothing worn by the Puritans, the Quakers, farmers, and Native Americans during colonial times. Level 4.2. Younger to Middle students. 

What People Wore in Early America Although the early Americans began their new lives dressed as British subjects, the realities of life in their new home quickly reshaped what the colonists wore, creating an early difference between the colonists and the British subjects in England. Chronicling the changing clothing norms, as well as the clothing worn by the Native Americans, this book paints a vivid picture of life in the new land that was to become America. Level 4. Younger to Middle students. 


Work in Colonial America A simple introduction to various jobs in Colonial America, including those performed by blacksmiths, coopers, and shoemakers. Level 2. Younger students. 


Your Life as a Settler in Colonial America Imagine riding in horse-drawn carriages. Dining with the finest silverware. Wearing fancy clothes and powdered wigs. But be careful what you wish for. That might not be the way it was for a settler in Colonial America. Younger to Middle students. Level 3.7. Virginia. 


Look to the Hills: The Diary of Lozette Moreau, a French Slave Girl, New York Colony 1763 A Dear America book, explores the life of an African French slave girl, who is treated very well for a slave because of the French laws, who comes to America with her Mistress during the time of Pontiac’s Rebellion. New York. Middle to Older students. 


If You Lived in Williamsburg in Colonial Days, nonfiction look at life in Colonial Williamsburg just before the Revolutionary War, level 5.8. Virginia. Middle students. 


A Day in the Life of a Colonial Doctor Describes a day in the life of a doctor in colonial Philadelphia, where he was trained, common ailments and how he treated them, and ways in which he tried to improve conditions for women, slaves, and others. Level 5.5. Younger to Middle students. Pennsylvania. 

Coloring Pages/Drawing: 

Life in Colonial America Coloring Book

Colonial Coloring Books for Kids

Documentaries and Videos: 

Colonial Times for Kids | Learn about Colonial America This playlist includes many short videos featuring a variety of jobs in colonial America. 

Lapbooks/Notebooking Pages/Unit Studies/Activity Pages/Paper Dolls/Games: 

History Pockets: Colonial America – $

Time Travelers: Colonial Life Packet – $

Museums/Field Trips (including virtual): 

Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia (Both include living museums and live reenactments)

Colonial Williamsburg Special events for homeschoolers

Virtual and Historic Jamestown, Virginia. 


Colonial Cooking Discusses everyday life, family roles, cooking methods, most important foods, and celebrations of the colonial period in American history. Includes recipes for foods from Boston Brown Bread to Philadelphia Pepper Pot. Younger to Middle students. Level 5.2. 

Recipes of the Thirteen Colonies What did people living in the 13 colonies eat? Readers discover the answer to this question as they take a look inside colonial kitchens to learn about early American history. The focus on colonial food sheds a unique light on a common part of social studies curricula. As readers explore the engaging and educational text, they also take in information from colorful and detailed images, such as primary sources. In addition, readers find recipes that allow them to feel like colonial chefs. Each recipe features step-by-step instructions, creating a fresh and fun hands-on history lesson. Lexile 920. Younger to Middle students. 


Music of Colonial America Spirited new sounds from across the sea to the shores of the New Land. From the first colonists to the American Revolution and the birth of our republic Hesperus Early Music Ensembles, music reflects a time of new ideas, freedom, and vitality. In town and village, parlor and ballroom, from the Appalachians to the great concert halls hear the musical pulse of early American music performed on a wide variety of folk and early music instruments. Includes: lively country-dance tunes, evocative Shape Note Hymns, old-time Appalachian fiddle tunes, graceful European parlor music, French cotillions, divisions, and improvisations.



(Online) 13 Colonies Scavenger Hunt with Interactive Map (and other maps)

(Online) Geoguesser: Mapping the 13 Colonies 

American History Go Fish Game (Card Game)

American History Memory Game 

The Colonists (Board Game) Not exactly about the American colonies, but you can have fun building your own colony.  

Suggestions for more games


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