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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Celebrate Hanukkah the old-fashioned way with an oil lantern. This craft is a perfect opportunity to teach your child the history of this special holiday.
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Teach your child how to make her own buzzer using only a button and a string.
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Choose a destination and "race" your way there! This activity is a great for charting progress and motivation.
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Make an initiation shield like the ones from the Kikuyu tribe in Africa for an art project that gets kids to reflect on different cultures!
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Learn more about the fascinating folk art of Pennsylvania Dutch hex signs with this easy craft.
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Lots of kids wonder what it would be like to be a police officer. Celebrate the people who help keep our communities safe with this fun craft.
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On Martin Luther King Day, help your third grader create an original "scratch art" card to thank a person who has made a difference in his life.
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Build a decorated box and fill it with research that can help you get to your dream location someday!
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Wreath ornaments decorate your Christmas tree and act as a fun sensory craft for preschoolers. Make wreath ornaments with your child this holiday season.
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Here's a social studies activity to help your middle-school or high-school teenager better understand how contour maps work using only the back of her hand.
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Let your imagination take flight as you explore the beautiful continent of Africa! Do this fun writing activity with your child to honor Black History Month.
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Help your third grader learn time zones with this fun map activity!
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Washi Ningyo, otherwise known as Japanese paper dolls, make fantastic bookmarks! Encourage your child to read more with this delightful, origami-inspired doll.
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Make sourdough bread...and learn some colonial history and modern science in the process!
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Here's how teens can produce an audio guide of an exhibit, field trip, or ballgame, confess their thoughts in an audio diary or record a letter to a friend.
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Help your child observe Veterans Day by having him create a paper chain American flag; it's a fun and crafty way to show your patriotism.
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Learn about the Bill of Rights this President's Day by playing a Pictionary-inspired drawing game. Players draw a right as others try to guess what it is.
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Bring historical figures alive with this fun family activity! Your child will plan a founding fathers feast by researching historical figures.
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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.
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Maracas are most commonly found in music around the world. Introduce your child to percussion and rhythm with this easy-to-make instrument.

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