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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Encourage your child to learn about the Japanese culture as you make a traditional Japanese fan out of paper.
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Help your preschooler understand that the surrounding world is made up of a varied combination of land, air and water with this simple activity.
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Help your little one figure out the differences between the worlds of air, land and water, a huge step in understanding how our environment works.
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This activity with add some fun and education to long car trips. Perfect for family vacations!
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Introduce your kid to abstract art with this painting activity. It's the perfect way to engage a kinesthetic learner and spark an interest in art history!
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Put your kid's Internet research skills to the test with this activity that will help him learn more about the history and cultural significance of fireworks.
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Batik is a fabric dying technique usually done with hot wax. This flour-and-water method is kid-safe and easy, and it creates beautiful batik designs.
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Explore African and Asian traditions with this recipe for homemade henna ink!
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Are you looking for a fun craft for the next big American holiday? Make this hat with your kid and let him march around the room like a Revolutionary soldier!
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Help your kids map the "global footprint" of your family's grocery cart by investigating how far your food travels before landing on your dinner table.
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It's always good to have a little help during the holiday. Show your child how to set a table setting and then help him create a placemat map.
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Here's a Halloween arts and crafts activity for your preschooler, pre-kindergartener, or kindergartener: make bat wings of poster board and ribbon.
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Invite your first grader to follow a African tradition by coming up with an explanatory African folktale and assembling a book to go along with it.
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With a little guidance from parents, youngsters can create a Christmas tree using their thumb as a stamp.
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Help your child to make a beautiful Africa mask to help her reinforce important spatial and compositional skills.
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What could be more fun than doing sidewalk art? How about making your own colored sidewalk chalk!
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Fish for headlines! This fun and exciting social studies activity is a great way to get your fifth grader reading and understanding newspaper articles.
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Celebrate Irish history and culture this St. Patrick's Day by making a miniature version of the Blarney Stone!
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Learn an ancient craft with this introduction to weaving. A great tie-in for kids learning about ancient cultures.
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Make unique holiday ornaments with this sticky, stringy art project.

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