Famous Figures of Ancient Times
Our price: $18.95
If you have multiple children, then you no doubt have noticed the unique proclivities of each one. Our middle child lived for art. Her most prized possessions were a tape dispenser, scissors, and endless amounts of paper. Famous Figures of Ancient Times was made for such a child.
While you read historical accounts aloud, your avid artist can color in the detailed figures of twenty people who shaped history, such as Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, Hannibal and his elephant, and others. Colorful characters are printed on heavy cardstock with perforated pages for trouble-free removal. Cut out the pieces, punch holes where directed, and attach common fasteners to allow their arms and legs to move and their swords and shields to flash. For the meticulous child who wants to color it exactly right, matching pre-colored action figures are also included.
"Great for kids who like crafts: Detailed, colored figures from history, from Narmer to Augustine, to cut out and assemble. The figures are on cardstock with moveable joints. Good for decorating timelines or just for fun." - Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise, authors of The Story of the World
Edition: 2nd Edition now includes 21 figures
Publisher: Figures In Motion
Author: Cathy Diez-Luckie
Publication Date: 2009
Age Recommendation: 9-12 Years
Made In: China
Faith-Based: No. Covers some historical figures that have religious as well as secular significance, but remains historical rather than inspirational.
Awards and Endorsements:
Mom's Choice Gold Award
2009 Preferred Choice Award from Creative Child Magazine
Bronze Medal in the 2009 Independent Book Publishers Awards
2009 Dr. Toy Best Classic Toy Award
2009 IndieFab Award Finalist
Independent Book Publishers Association - Benjamin Franklin Award Finalist
2009 Family Choice Award
I find the idea to be good and its a great tool to bring the people we are learning about to life. Like put a face to the story.
Love this hands on way to learn history
These are beautiful, but I feel like they're a bit unrealistic to cut out properly. My 7 year old wanted to cut them out herself, which is great! However, a few dolls were missing fingers, toes, or shoulders. I ended up cutting them out which took a lot of time and effort. Since they do give two copies (a colored copy and then a blank one to be colored), I wish that one was punch out so that we didn't have to spend so much time cutting them out. Once they were cut out, they were enjoyed, especially paired with Story of the World. It was so neat to have something tangible to hold and play with as we read about these historical figures.
At first my daughter would get so excited to do one of these after her Story of the World Chapter for the figure. After doing about half of the book, though, she started to get bored with it. She still wanted to complete them but lost the enthusiasm about it. She also only wanted to do the ones that were already colored after a while. Now these all just sit in a drawer taking up space. Although she said she would do more of these, I decided not to spend the extra money getting the next book to go along with volume 2 of Story of the World.
These are a fun way to keep hands busy during reading. My daughter enjoyed making the figures from the book come to life. I would have loved if the brackets would have been included as we put off using the first few until I purchased some.