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Social Studies Activities

It's important that your kid grow to appreciate different peoples and places and there's no better way to introduce cultural traditions than hands-on activities and crafts. Whether your focus is on ancient civilizations or present day communities, we have a whole host of creative ideas. We also have plenty of holiday activities that will help your kid learn more about special occasions and the various cultural practices that define them. What's more, our US History activities that are the perfect way to make learning come alive for your student. Check out our selection of activities and find a few that will pique your kid's curiosity about the world around her.

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Here's a simple activity to reinforce your fourth grader's study of her home state and help her make a pretty keepsake.
US History
Civics & Government
Show your teens the connection between making history and writing it by having them write, illustrate, and edit a newspaper from the past.
World History
US History
In this activity, your child will reference Matisse and also learn about patterns.
History
Fourth Grade
Try this 4th-5th grade arts and crafts activity and learn about the traditions of another culture: make a Dia de los Muertos altar in honor of your loved ones.
World Cultures
Fifth Grade
Looking for a fun summer adventure? Learn what it was like to be a prospector during the California Gold Rush by panning for gold in a local creek.
History
Fourth Grade
This dreidel ornament makes a sparkling spinning top out of popsicle sticks. Make this dreidel ornament and get ready for Hanukkah.
Community & Cultures
Holidays
This low-prep party game is a perfect for entertaining all-too-easily-bored teens, and an easy way to lighten the mood during a group study session.
World Cultures
High School
Celebrate Dia de los Muertos by baking pan de muerto. In this 5th-6th grade activity, your child will explore another culture while learning about baking.
Community & Cultures
World Cultures
Your child will look forward to lunchtime with this artistic reinterpretation of the same old cold lunch.
Community & Cultures
Second Grade
Help your child learn about the world through this 3rd-4th grade geography activity: start a postcard collection and mark where they came from on a world map.
Geography
Third Grade
Kids have permission to get messy (just a little bit!) as they create a decorative candy cane mosaic from red and white handprints.
Holidays
Preschool
Take a stab at 18th century American cooking with your kids by following this tasty recipe from the first colonial cookbook.
US History
Third Grade
Your child is sure to find this colorful pink, green and white salad simply irresistible. For an added challenge, give your youngster a pair of chopsticks!
World Cultures
Fifth Grade
This easy craft project boosts counting and fine motor skills, and will help kids learn about Jewish culture.
Community & Cultures
First Grade
The pottery technique of coiling may be old, but it's probably new to your kid! Make coil pots with your preschooler throw in a little cultural lesson too!
Community & Cultures
Preschool

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