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Art and History Kits Equal Quality Hands-On Education

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Quick! What’s my favorite way to homeschool? If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you probably know the answer to that is: great books and hands-on projects. It’s easy to find great books from the board book stage all the way through high school, but as kids get older, it can become harder to find meaningful, age-appropriate hands-on activities.

Art in History Review History-Based Art Kits



Hands-on Education for Older Students

That’s were Art in History comes in. Art is History offers beautiful replicas of historic pieces from throughout history, from Ancient Egypt all the way through World War I. What’s great is that each piece is a historically accurate replica suitable for (and interesting to) students all the way through high school.

Each project is designed for students in grades 3-12. While I’m sure that younger students would enjoy the projects, it was nice to find something that my middle and high school aged kids didn’t find “babyish.”

Hands-on Projects for Middle and High School Kids

I was originally going to have Brianna (age 18) complete the project we reviewed, a World War I Wilson Presidential Plate. However, because she was so busy with other projects, I enlisted Megan’s (age 12) help. The project really appealed to her artistic side, but she did ask for my help in adding the gold trim. We both decided that neither of us has steady enough hands to be a real artist!

So, while a younger student will enjoy the projects as much as an older one, they are definitely challenging enough to allow an older student to feel a sense of pride and accomplishment in their work. Each replica is so well done that the finished product will likely be one that you or your student will want to display.

Educational Projects

I wish our homeschool group was still doing our annual Around the World Day. These would have made great projects for our display table.

Each art kit comes with everything you need to complete the project: the unfinished replica (it’s already been fired), quality paint, brushes and sponges. We even used the paper in which our plate was wrapped to cover the table when we were painting!

Hands-on Education

Interdisciplinary Studies for History and Art

Each Art in History project kit comes with a basic teacher’s guide download with an optional for-purchase teacher guide. We just used the basic download, which gave a nice overview of World War I, along with a brief history of the Wilson Presidential Plate. I seriously considered purchasing the more in-depth teacher guide since we were at kind of a lull between units with our regular curriculum. I like that you can have the option for a general overview or the more detailed lesson plans.

Art in History Craft Kits

With the free download, you’ve got the overview, which means the art kits fit neatly into what you’re already learning or can provide a nice synopsis and history of the piece to fit in well as part of a bigger project (like a homeschool group social studies fair or a co-op activity). With the detailed guide, you could use the project as part of a longer unit study.

Quality Craft Kits

In addition to the art kits, Art in History also sells their craft paint, sealers, and sealer kits, as well. The paints are safe, odorless, non-toxic, and conform to national safety standards. The acrylic paints are packaged in 2 oz. bottles and can be used on bisque, wood, metal, plastic, and other general craft projects.

Each Art in History kit is $9.95 + shipping and includes everything needed for one student to complete a project. There are bulk order discounts if you’d like to use the projects in a homeschool co-op setting (or if you’re a classroom teacher…I know a few of you read for ideas).

Now through November 30, 2013, you can receive 10% all orders of $100 or more by using coupon code HOMESCHOOL10 at checkout.

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Art in History is also offering you a chance to win your choice of any one world history art project or U.S. history art project.  Not only that, but the winner of the giveaway on my blog will go into a drawing with the winners of the giveaways on nine other blogs for a chance at a grand prize drawing. Each child in the grand prize winning family will receive one of each project from Art in History! That’s 34 projects – an approximately $390 value per child!

Follow the directions on the RaffleCopter widget below to enter.

Rules: This giveaway is open to United States residents, ages 18 years and older only. Prizes can be shipped only to U.S. or military addresses. Giveaway ends on Thursday, November 14. The winner will be selected at random using Random.org via RaffleCopter.

If you purchase an Art in History kit now, then win the giveaway, Art in History will refund your purchase price, including shipping.

The winner will notified via email and given 72 hours to respond. You must enter a valid email address to win. In the event that the winner cannot be contacted by email or does not respond within 72 hours, the prize will be forfeited and and alternate winner selected.

Click to read the complete rules. By entering this giveaway, you indicate that you have read and agreed to abide by these rules.

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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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  1. This is so AWESOME! Having high schoolers, I too have found it difficult to find hands-on activities that were not too “elementary” for them! This is WONDERFUL!! Thanks so much for bringing this to my attention and for the chance to win! Even if I don’t win, this will definitely be a great addition to our history studies!

  2. I would Love to win the Art in History! My kids love art and hands on projects. I would choose the King Tut Tomb Frieze, since my oldest daughter has been learning about Ancient Egypt. Thanks!

  3. My son would love the civil war face jug! It almost reminds me of a false face mask he made two years ago. Thank you so much for letting us know about these products. My son will be in ninth grade next year, and he’s a hands-on learner. It’s easy to incorporate hands-on activities with other subjects, but I had no idea what to do with history. I have the Trail Guide to US Geography for him for next year, and these products would go PERFECTLY with that!!!

  4. Oh gosh, picking one would be so hard. They all look like so much fun! My kids would love to learn about the American Revolution and paint the teapot as we are currently learning about this in History. Thank you so much for this opportunity to win. Blessings to you!

  5. I’m thrilled to have found your blog, I’ve been pouring over it for days. I was really excited about today’s post as I have three very artistic girls that are studying Ancient Egypt. The Art and History kit of the Egyptian frieze is fantastic!
    Thanks for sharing such great things!

  6. This is awesome! We love projects and it helps the kids (and the teacher) remember the history lesson. Unfortunatly, the teacher is sometimes not so great and planning and executing the project – these great projects would make that so much easier.

  7. My daughter would love the French Revolution Limoges Style Tabatiere & my boys would like the US Civil War Face Jug!

  8. These look wonderful! I always hated history growing up, with all the emphasis on memorizing dates I totally failed to grasp the meaning behind of any of it. With amazing tools like these available it gives me more confidence that I will be able to instill a much deeper appreciation of history into my kids! I may spring for the Japanese tea bowl, it goes along with a lesson on Japan I have in the works. 🙂

  9. We would love to try the colonial teapot. This is our first year homeschooling and my 6th and 7th graders are working through paths of settlement because of your blog. I feel like I am deficient in art, this is a great way to incorporate it and not add more stress.

  10. We would so love the Japan Ceremonial Tea Bowl. Our family loves learning about different cultures and this year we are studying Japan so this would be awesome!

  11. This is the first time I have heard of these kits-what a fabulous product! Our first choice would be the tea bowl.

  12. The WWII butterflies are beautiful. I love creating something beautiful to remember the horror of the Holocaust. I love art and getting to tie it to our curriculum too!

  13. These are such wonderful kits! Since we’re learning about Ancient Egypt, we would totally go for the King Tut frieze.

  14. My daughter would love most of the projects, but I think she would like the Japanese bowl or this plate.

  15. I love the Holocaust butterflies, the Japanese bowl, and so many more from world history. I don’t think I could choose just one easily from the US History section. I love all 10!

  16. Love them, so many to choose from.
    The colonial Teapot is the first I would choose form US History.
    Italian Renaissance Albarello Apothecary Jar would be the first for World history. Love everything from Egypt.

  17. I just found about this company and I am really excited about their products. Earlier today I bookmarked several of the projects that I am thinking about ordering. First on my list is the Aztec Empire Quetzalcoatl Sculpture.

  18. My kids really loved studying ancient Egypt and we spent a long time in that time period. So my first pick would be the ancient Egypt King Tut.

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