I ordered this book: Famous Figures of Ancient Times: Movable Paper Figures to Cut, Color, and Assemble, because I wanted to help Otter remember some of the people we are studying this year. I wasn’t sure if it would really be worthwhile to make the figures in the book, but after making two of them (Narmer and Sargon the Great), I’m really glad I scheduled this in.
The book has figures of famous people throughout ancient history to cut out and assemble. You have a choice of cutting out figures that are already colored, or ones that are black and white that you can color yourself. I really like having that option! Each figure has moveable joints and the name of the figure on the back. The front of the book has a short summary of each person and his accomplishments.
Otter cut out the figures while I did our read-alouds. Afterwards, he acted out little bits of our history lesson. We put each figure into a plastic sheet protector in his history notebook when he was done playing with them.
Otter remembers who each person is SO MUCH better than if we had just read about each one of them. Each figure is a concrete reminder of what he’s been learning about.
Here’s a blurry picture of King Narmer hanging out in Otter’s History Pocket:
Here’s Sargon the Great (who was accosted by King Narmer’s flail as he traipsed across Otter’s desk, lol):
I’ve scheduled in the remaining figures to complement our studies from Mystery of History and Story of the World as we go along through the year.
The author is coming out with more books in the future and I plan on getting them! Check out her website to see more figures, an example of the biographies from the front of the book and some additional titles that are coming soon.