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
These are fun but not necessary, it feels more like busy work than reinforcing anything.
Overall, we're impressed. My kids and I both love having the notable players from history in a form they can see and manipulate during lessons. The option to choose a coloured or black and white version to colour yourself also give some great variety. However, while my kids are definitely the right age for this book their motor delays mean mom does a lot of cutting. Really wish one of the options was pop out/punch out for kids with delays.
My daughter looks forward to this each week! Not only has it helped her gain an interest in history, she is now excellent at using scissors :)
My seven year old loves these! She can stage her own stories with them and "make history better sometimes. More happy." Because she thinks history is too sad some of the time. She likes to cut them out herself and put them together. Great for motor kills and imaginative play. I would recommend it.
My girls love these so much! Paper dolls, but so much more fun. Note that each paper doll comes with a colored version and a black and white version. My girls alternate on which ones they want to do. This is also great for developing advance scissor skills.