Paper Men of Ancient History

At last!  The paper men of Ancient History are here!

Featuring Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome, Vikings, Ancient China and Japan and Ancient India, these paper men will complement your Paper Dolls of Ancient History.

My children to love colour in while I read aloud to them – and what better way to keep hands busy while studying Ancient History than to colour, cut out, laminate and play with these paper figures?

Your children can use these figures for narrations.  Somehow, focusing on a paper doll/ figure helps the child remember and retell the details. Children could make plays and dramatize their stories.  I am always fascinated by homeschooled children’s imaginative games ~ how they often use historical names, places and events in their creative play.

This is what the paper men look like:

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Click here for your download ~ Paper Men Ancient History

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Paper Dolls of Ancient Japan, China, India and North American Indians

Here are paper dolls from different ancient nationalities to use when you

study Sonlight’s World History, or

read stories from these countries, or

study different nationalities, or

just want to expose your children to clothing from Ancient times, or …

just for fun!

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Have you downloaded all Practical Pages’ Paper Dolls?

If not, check out the Paper Dolls of Ancient History which include Ancient Egypt, Ancient Vikings, Ancient Rome and Elizabethan Era.

Also look at our first Paper Dolls ~ Fashions Through Past Eras which include Jane Austen fashions of the 1800’s,  Victorian era, Edwardian eras of 1900’s, the Medieval era, King Louis French fashions and the 1960’s fashions.

I’m sure that you’ll read how we colour in, then cut out and then laminate our paper dolls.  There are several methods to attach the clothing to the dolls, but if you wish, add the conventional tabs to the shoulders and the sides of the garments.

I hope you have signed up for an email notification or put my RSS feed on your homepage! (You’ll find this on my sidebar just under my Gravatar.) because, as promised, I will continue to upload our latest paper dolls. I am busy developing the men paper figures even as you read this!

Here’s the Paper Doll download ~ Paper Dolls Japan China India NAIndians

Paper Dolls of Ancient History

Here are our latest Ancient History Paper dolls:

Ancient Egypt

Ancient Vikings

Ancient Rome

Elizabethan Era

These paper dolls are the latest addition to our paper doll series ~

Click here for your 4 page pdf download ~ Paper Dolls Ancient History

We were inspired to draw these paper dolls while we read our Sonlight World History Usborne books. Included with most the paper dolls are some ancient artefacts or jewelery.  Children should also know the how to place the clothing articles on the dolls in the correct order.

We colour in the pictures, cut them out and then laminate everything ~ see here.  We attach clothing with prestick (sticky stuff).

Look at our historical eras paper dolls that included fashions from the 1800’s,   Victorian styles from 1865. clothes from the Edwardian eras of 1900’s,  fashions of the Medieval era, the French fashions of Louis VIV and even styles from the 1960’s.

Here are some suggestions to enjoy the paper dolls:

  • One mom pasted magnetic tape on the backs and her children play on a fridge or metal tray with their dolls.
  • Another mom stuck felt on the back of their paper dolls so they could stick on a felt board.
  • These paper dolls could be coloured while the children listen to history stories. (To keep hands busy while ears are listening!)
  • Children could use them when telling history narrations.
  • Children can play with them with as they do with finger puppets and create / act scenes from plays.

Ok, I know you’ll ask me, “Where are the men/ boys?” I am planning them!

The paper dolls from different nations will be coming soon …  I’ve done North American Indians, Japan … oh, the list is too long …

Famous Scientist Copywork Pages ~ George Washington Carver

Twice a week we practice handwriting by doing copywork.

Beautiful copywork

This term we will use some of George Washington Carver’s quotes. (I sourced these from Brainy .)  Have you read his amazing biography?  We read our Sonlight book ~ Man’s Slave Becomes God’s Scientist George Washington Carver by David Collins ISBN 0-915134-90-X and found out the most amazing information about this inspirational Christian man and famous scientist.

Each quote has an interpretive question or vocabulary extension section. The copywork pages I am sharing are:

Primary lines George Washington Carver Quotes ~13 pages with red top line/blue base line/ grey dotted middle line with large spaces for easy, big  letters and also include a biography page on George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver Quotes ~13 pages with black and grey dotted lines and medium spaces and includes a biography page on George Washington Carver

Print George Washington Carver Quotes ~ 13 pages with clear print font and primary lines as above and includes a biography page on George Washington Carver

Primary lines for beginner handwriting

It is wonderful to see what regular copywork teaches!

  • beautiful, flowing, neat handwriting
  • appreciation for peoples’ thoughts, ideas and views
  • vocabulary extension ~ new words are often incorporated into the child’s own writing
  • sentence construction ~ a natural method of learning language
  • expressive writing ~ provides ideas, knowledge and skills to writing
  • grammar –  learnt from whole and broken into its parts in natural contextual method.
  • reinforces memorization and memory of famous quotations

New Ancient Egypt Lapbook & Activities

Hot off the press!  My new Ancient Egypt Lapbook is here! Here’s the download ~ Ancient Egypt Lapbook

3D Ancient Egypt lapbook

Pyramid-shaped lapbook folds flat to store with other Ancient Egypt work

This lapbook is created to become a 3D pyramid-shaped folder.  The 16-page download includes:

  • Lapbook planner ~ with answers and references & websites
  • minibooks ~ People, hieroglyphics, write your name in hieroglyphics, hieroglyphic message to decode, word search, Rosetta stone, making papyrus, Egyptian burial and Egyptian food
  • Biography page ~ King Tutankhamun
  • Pictures to colour & make into puzzles
  • Additional hands-on activities ~ making papyrus, baking bread in pots, a model of Egyptian home, ‘mummify’ a doll, make sarcophagus, making a water-clock and making a shaduf.

What about downloading some Ancient Egyptian Paper dolls and men to go with your Ancient Egypt studies? Pop over to my Paper Dolls page for the downloads.

Ancient Egypt Men    Paper Doll Ancient Egypt

Hope you and your children enjoy learning about Ancient Egypt!


New Sonlight Stone Age Lapbook and Hands On Activity Page

Free Ancient History mini books and practical hands-on activities for the Stone Age

Download your 5 page Stone Age lapbook project here ~Stone Age

  1. Coil pot shape fold mini book
  2. Stone tools trifold
  3. Cave home mini book
  4. Stone Age facts 5 flap mini book
  5. First clothes petal mini book
  6. Making fire accordion mini book
  1. Coil pottery – make clay pots
  2. Weave with cardboard loom – make a lovely mat for doll’s house
  3. Sewing fake fur clothes
  4. Make camp fire and cook meat
  5. Make shell/ wood/ cork necklaces

For more Sonlight World History pages click here ~ Free Sonlight World History

New Sonlight Archeology Lapbook and Hands On Activity Page

Free Ancient History mini books and practical hands-on activities for Archeology

Download your 5 page Archeology lapbook project here ~Archeology

  1. Layer book of archeological mound or “tell”
  2. Broken pottery puzzle
  3. Dinosaur puzzle
Hands on Activities Websites
  1. Tree ring counting
  2. Putting puzzle (broken pottery) pieces together
  3. Layer an ancient mound (mini layer book)
  4. Dinosaur Dig – fun group activity in sandbox
  5. Archeology Game break pottery and re-glue
  6. Make fossils & create guessing game by creating different imprints for amazing selection of games and activities!
Broken pottery puzzle

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Assembling our Aesop Lapbook

We downloaded the Aesop Lapbook from and it was wonderful!  This project  provided a huge variety of minibooks, activities and lesson ideas.  Each day’s reading and lapbook activity was a  delight and an adventure!

Here are the step-by-step details of assembling the Aesop Lapbook:

Assembling lapbook - stack pages

Piercing thread through the folder

Bring thread through pages and tie

Paste puppets to decorate inside folder

Brads and thread to close lapbook

Duct tape on front of lapbook

Fold over and stick duct tape to back of lapbook

Punch holes into duct tape

Showing and retelling to Dad - so proud!

Lapbook in the file

And guess what my girls said when we filed this lapbook?

“Mom, we want to do all our school work like this!  This was such fun!”

Have you had fun doing your lapbooks?


Copywork ~ Famous Quotes from World Leaders ~ Free copywork pages

As we covered World History in Sonlight Core 1&2 this year, we used Charlotte Mason’s principle of copywork to teach language, grammar and develop vocabulary and style and practiced handwriting at the same time!


Copywork pages

I have selected some of the most famous world leaders and their most notable quotes.  Each quote has a print and cursive version on the same page.

Below each quote I have included a response prompt where the child puts the quote into its context or describes their reaction to the quote and its meaning.

Short and simple, these copywork pages are an enriching form of handwriting practice, memorization and inspiration lessons.  Here is your download ~ Famous World Leaders’ Quotes for Copywork.famous world leaders' quotes cover

Pop over to my Copywork page for other themed copywork downloads.

Blessings, Nadene

History Timeline – Our wallchart at the end of the year


Timeline wall chart

Our timeline wall chart is almost full!  As we end this school year here in South Africa, our timeline figures are all on the chart  and our studies are nearly complete.

This year (Sonlight World History 1&2) we made a wall chart and used our Sonlight timeline figures.  The wall chart worked well, giving us a full overview, but it became crowded in places. Previously, we used a continuous scroll pasted above and around the room!  This also gave a great overview and we expanded sections for more detailed studies.  It gave insights to the periods of great changes in history ~clusters of discovery and inventions!


History timeline notebook

With our Footprints On Our Land we used the Footprint’s Through the Century Notebook and this was compact and offered space for notes and drawings. It went with us as we travelled and was easy to use.

When we took the figures down, we play games and use our timeline figures for  review:

  • group the figures according to categories (discoverers, artists, Bible characters)
  • quiz – give 2 facts for each figure
  • arrange 3/5 figures in time order

Colour-coded timeline figures

I also have the Sonlight kindergarten Timeline figures which I outlined in pink (the same colour as the book tag covers for that year). This way I know which figures belong to which curriculum.

I sorted the figures for the year and paper clipped the groups for each century.  I placed these bundles in a little ziplock bag and stored them near our files.  In previous years, I clipped each figure to my weekly schedule page. (Boy! I was super-organized back then!) 🙂

As you end 2009, I trust that you can see the wonderful, full journey you and your children have covered so far!  God Bless!