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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Build It Yourself
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Nomad Press (July 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977129403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977129409
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Children's Literature
"This is one of the best books for children about Colonial America. History teachers should own this book…"

Family Fun
"…an educational yet fun approach to history."

Kerry Dexter, Blogger News Network
"There’s a lot of fun to be had with Great Colonial America Projects You Can Build Yourself, for both children and adults. There’s history turned into story and sharing, so that even if, maybe especially if, history was never your best subject, you and your kids will come away with stories of your own to share."

Jack Larkin, Chief Historian and Museum Scholar, Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts
"An abundant and valuable resource for engaging students in understanding early American life."

Connie Lapallo, author Dark Enough to See the Stars in a Jamestown Sky
" A friendly tone draws young readers in… a treat for those mothers with young children who want to bring the colonial period to life for them."

Paula Locklair, Old Salem Museums and Gardens, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
"This delightful book is a wonderful and new way for children to become intrigued with colonial American history. This book should be a hit with families, teachers, and history museums!"

From the Back Cover

Great Colonial America Projects You Can Build Yourself introduces readers ages 9–12 to colonial America through hands-on building projects. From dyeing and spinning yarn to weaving cloth, from creating tin plates and lanterns to learning wattle and daub construction. Great Colonial America Projects You Can Build Yourself gives readers a chance to experience how colonial Americans lived, cooked, entertained themselves, and interacted with their neighbors. Furthermore, this title meets common core state standards in language arts for reading informational text and literary nonfiction. Guided Reading Levels and Lexile measurements indicate grade level and text complexity.

More About the Author

My website: http://www.krisbordessa.com

Join me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeamChallenges

I believe that hands-on learning is the best kind of learning, whether for adults or children - and certainly for myself! Long before I imagined Team Challenges as a book, I was scrawling challenges on lined paper for my creative problem solving groups to use during their meetings. Those sheets of paper - never tidy - and the kids' love of tackling these problems led me to compile the activities in one place, resulting in Team Challenges.

Subsequent books were also filled with hands-on activities, though this time with a look back to history: Tools of the Ancient Greeks, Great Colonial America Projects You Can Build Yourself, and Great Medieval Projects You Can Build Yourself.

I live on Hawai'i Island with my family, where I also write about family fun, sustainability, and travel for publications like Parents, Parenting, Islands, Disney's FamilyFun, and more.

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Even adults who flip through the book will learning something new.
Connie Lapallo
This one is visually appealing, lively and would be very useful if your child had to do a report or was just interested in this time period.
Carmella Vanvleet
I bought this book the other day to suppliment our homeschooling curriculum.
Robin Martin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Connie Lapallo on February 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book expecting "great colonial projects" for my homeschooled kids, and it delivered. A friendly tone draws young readers in, while drawings and graphics make the text visually appealing.

However, this author has created a far more powerful resource than that. Ms. Bordessa includes bonus features: a timeline of the Colonial period (divided by both colony and year), background of voyages, maps, a glossary, and text boxes with interesting facts and charts. "Spotlight on Famous Colonists" provides a biographical reference. "Colonial Words to Know" are helpfully placed near the passages where they're used and are also highlighted in the text. Facts are in a frame of reference children can identify with. (For example, the colonists traveled 2,700 miles across the ocean at 2 m.p.h., about the speed of a skateboard!) In this way, the projects link to the larger colonial world.

Even adults who flip through the book will learning something new. I only wish this book had been available the first ten years I homeschooled my children! But what a treat for those mothers with young children who want to bring the colonial period to life for them.

Connie Lapallo

Author, Dark Enough to See the Stars in a Jamestown Sky
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Carmella Vanvleet on August 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a really great resource! I wish it had been in print when I was a teacher. Most books on colonial America tend to be a bit dry. This one is visually appealing, lively and would be very useful if your child had to do a report or was just interested in this time period. It covers all the usual things like who the colonists were, what they ate, wore, did for fun and so forth, but it also covers unusual stuff like crime and punishment and fire fighting. In addition, there are directions for dozens of easy projects such as making your Liberty Bell puzzler, marigold dye, dipped candles and a tin lantern. None of the projects take a lot of time and use easy-to-find materials - both big pluses.

An index and glossary help add to the book's usefulness. Overall, a definite pick if you're studying American history.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Carrelli on February 16, 2010
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We have been loving the Colonial America book. We've already worked our way through most of it, enjoying the following projects: making a stick-and-hoop game, crafting a scented pomander (out of orange, cloves, and cinnamon), making silhouette portraits, weaving (with yarn and an oatmeal container), learning "fan talk", cooking Johnny Cakes (cornmeal pancakes), making tin plates out of foil and toothpicks, making signs for cabinetmaking and bookbinding shops, making tin lanterns...and more are planned.

Along the way, I have become very pleased with the amount of knowledge my children (7 and 9) are retaining. The projects truly do include items found in most homes, and most are easy enough for the children to do alone. The book is packed with so much detail and information on daily colonial life, as well as famous figures, stories, and timelines--it is now our go-to reference book on that time period. I can't wait to go through Kris Bordessa's other hands-on books.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on August 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book has DYNAMITE projects, if you can spend a couple of hundred dollars on parts and ingredients.

No regular child has ready access to 2 cups of marigold petals ... 2 yards of cheesecloth ... food processor and sharp knife ... an armload of willow branches ...

I think this book is geared toward older children, junior high or high school. The book itself is interesting, the text long and smart, but the intricacy of the projects and the materials needed for the crafts is so frustrating for kids. As a parent, I want my child to do the crafts. Not me do them while he watches, right?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robin Martin on May 5, 2007
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I bought this book the other day to suppliment our homeschooling curriculum. I was SO impressed. It was so much more than I was expecting. I thought it would just be a few projects and crafts that you could do with your kids to give them some impressions of Colonial life. I had no idea it would be so well thought out, with so many great historical facts. I really got the feeling that I had learned SO much more about how the Colonists had lived, in an everyday-type of perspective, after reading this book. My son and I are getting ready to start a Colonial History Unit and I am so excited. We are going to start reading the book together and do the projects as we go. And because there are so many interesting things in this one book, I'm sure it will take us a bit longer than I had originally thought. I can't wait to get started!
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