Ask a homeschooled parent what their favorite subject is to teach and a great many of them will say history. Ask them what subject they hated most in school and the answer will likely be the same – history.
What changed? I suspect that age and perspective has a little bit to do with it, but for most of us one huge change is the way we learned history versus the way we now teach it to our children – and learn alongside them. When we were in school, history was all dry facts, names, and dates. Now, we’re able to teach about the people and events of history. We’re able to tell the stories.
In my house, one big method for telling the stories of the men and women of history is great literature – historical fiction, biographies, literature set in the time period, and living books. The second is – you know what’s coming, right? – hands-on learning.
Two of the biggest hurdles for many homeschool parents when it comes to hands-on projects is coming up with the project ideas and making sure that all of the supplies are on hand. Now there is a fantastic way to overcome those hurdles – History Unboxed.
What is History Unboxed?
History Unboxed is a hands-on history subscription service for kids ages 5-15. Once you sign up, you’ll receive one project box each month containing project ideas, craft supplies, and historical facts from a given place and time in history.
One thing I really loved about History Unboxed is that there are separate subscription boxes for 5-9 and 10-15 year old students. So often these types of subscription services sound like fun, but they’re geared toward young children. That’s kind of a bummer when you’re the parent of older kids and you want to have fun, too.
With History Unboxed, younger kids will receive a letter from “Zane” and older kids will receive a letter from “Ava.” There are also coloring pages in each kit, with a more sophisticated page for older students.
What is in a History Unboxed kit?
Our first kit from History Unboxed was the kit for older kids and contained information about ancient Phoenicia, along with related projects. There was:
- A letter from Ava describing ancient Phoenicia at the time of her “visit”
- A fact sheet about ancient Phoenician
- A coloring page and sticker
- A sheet with the ancient Phoenician alphabet and a “gold tablet” on which students could write their own message, using the Phoenician alphabet
- Instructions for Papyrus paper-making (supplies not included, but they were all typical household items)
- Craft supplies for making a purple batik dyed bag
How are the History Unboxed projects?
Megan and I agreed that the History Unboxed project the we received was appropriate for its intended age range. What middle school aged girl doesn’t want to make a cool, personalized backpack?
The kit came with everything we needed to make the project (except our paintbrush was missing, but I’m the mom of artists – we have dozens of paintbrushes lying around) and Megan was able to complete the entire project on her own, except for one step. It involved this strange device:
It’s called – we hear – an iron and in ancient times (not ancient Phoenicia ancient, but, you know, decades ago ancient) it was used to remove wrinkles from clothes. We just use the dryer for that. However, it is also a heat source, useful in creating a batik wax design on cloth.
One comment I often hear from parents about subscription kits is that they could get all those supplies themselves for less expense. People say the same thing about crafts at festivals – I could make that myself.
Sure you could – but are you going to? If you’re like me, there’s been more than one great project idea that’s fallen by the wayside because you didn’t have all the necessary supplies. With History Unboxed, all the legwork is done for you and it comes straight to your mailbox each month.
I’m at the stage of life where it’s kind of worth paying someone to do all the legwork for me, freeing me up to just do the fun stuff.
Are you curious? Each History Unboxed kit is $19.95 and you’ll sign up to receive one per month until you cancel. However, I’ve also got a box to give away! One winner will receive a one month sample box from History Unboxed.
Can’t wait to get started? If you sign up for the service now, then, win the giveaway, you’ll be given a credit on your subscription account.
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