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10+ Ways to Explore Early Humans with Kids

August 9, 2017

This is the second blog post in my series with additional resources to go along with Snapshots of Ancient History. Today's resources go with Chapter 2: Humans Start Hunting and Gathering. I think this is a particularly fun era of history to explore because there are so many possibilities. If your child is enthralled by the mysteries of the prehistoric past, here are a few ways you can deepen their learning. 

 

 

Prehistoric Life

1. Step into life as a hunter gatherer and go foraging for food! Depending on where you live, there might be wild edibles in your neighborhood. Teaching your child to see food in places they'd never considered can help them get a glimpse into what hunter gatherer life is like. The blog Wilder Child has a good walk through of things to consider before you go foraging with children, as well as some links to in-depth guides. If you decide to go foraging, make sure you have a good field guide with you and never eat anything unless you're 100% sure you know what it is. 

 

2. For a slightly less adventurous (though much less risky) look at prehistoric life, you can check out You Wouldn't Want to Be a Mammoth Hunter from the popular You Wouldn't Want to Be series. 

 

3. For a more immersive look at prehistoric life, you could pick up Maroo of the Winter Caves. It's a compelling piece of historical fiction, telling the story of a girl and her brother during the last ice age on a quest for survival. 

 

4. If dry and sarcastic is a bit more your style, the Horrible Histories series has a book on prehistoric life: The Savage Stone Age. This is the perfect book if your kiddo is into gross humor—there are lots of brain jokes in this book! 

 

The Caves of Lascaux

5. The Caves of Lascaux are one of my favorite prehistoric topics to study! The paintings are beautiful and the humanity of the people who painted them shine through the tens of thousands of years between us and them. There are several children's books written to help your kiddo learn even more about these beautiful paintings. The First Drawing is a fictional story about a young prehistoric boy living in Lascaux Cave discovering the beauty of art.  The Secret Cave tells the true story of how four French boys discovered Lascaux Cave in 1940. If you have an independent reader, The Discovery in the Cave is a Level 4 Step into Reading book about the Caves of Lascaux. 

 

6. If you're ready to get crafty, you don't just have to read about the Lascaux Caves, you can try making your own natural paint to get a taste for what the prehistoric artistic process was like. This charcoal paint recipe allows you to make your own paint at home, just like a prehistoric human. 

 

7. While you might not live in France near the Caves of Lascaux, prehistoric cave paintings have been discovered all over the world. Check around your local area to see if there are any prehistoric paintings or carvings you can visit in person. 

 

Early Humans

 

8. The process of humans spreading all over the world is a fascinating one! This short YouTube video gives an overview of the human migration process. 

 

photographs of the museum and details on the collection, while the UNESCO

10. If photographs aren't enough to satisfy your curiosity, this NOVA documentary explores the South African Hominid Site in detail. 

 

The Great Human Odyssey

 

 

 

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