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
Author: Cathy Diez-Luckie
Number of Pages: 96
Publisher: Figures in Motion
Edition: 2nd Edition, now includes 21 figures
Year of Publication: 2009
Made In: China
Age Recommendation: 9-12 years
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
We did not enjoy doing these at all. It seemed much more like busy work then helpful in adding to her curriculum. It was frustrating having to cut out all the pieces and assembling them for little hands can be quite challenging and frustrating.
I'm using these figures as a summer review of our ancient history study this past year. I appreciate that each figure comes with a description card, but would like to see the descriptions on one sided pages so they can be cut out and put next to our figures when we put them on the wall like museum exhibits.
I rated it down a star because there were only two women in the whole book, I have 2 girls and they would be very interested in having more female ancient figures to learn about. Perhaps Cleopatra, Helen of Troy, Agnodice (first female physician) could be easily added.
I like that it had a book list as well.
My son wasn't quite ready to cut these out for himself, but I love that having a tangible figure of the historical people he is learning about is a great way to make them more memorable for him.
My son loves this activity book! He can't get enough of it, always asks to do more then one. He loves history, and is a busy boy, so this is perfect for him to do something while listening. He can't wait to start the next book!
I can't wait to have my family make these for history. The big kid in me wants to get a book of these just for me to do so I can have my own paper dolls again like when I was a kid in school.