In our homeschool history lessons we pull out a lot of LEGOs, LEGOs have a wide variety of uses in your history and geography lessons:
- provide visual aid of how history unfolded
- build famous monuments
- re-enact famous scenes in history
I’m sure there’s even more that I haven’t thought of yet, but it’ll come to me later on. The purpose of this LEGO history page is to give you inspiration for your own lego history lessons.
What do you need for LEGO history lessons?
Honestly, you can use the LEGOs you already have. If you look at my lessons, most of them unfold in this manner. That’s why the discovery of Greenland is being told with Ninjago figures.
BUT…… If you want your history lessons to be a bit more “authentic” let me point you to a few sets that will get you going.
LEGO Pirates Chess Set– this gives you a large number of blue-coated soldiers and pirates. The blue-coated soldiers work wonderfully for early American soldiers. The pirates can be used for all sorts of figures that you need, barbarians, random people, they’re great for that.
LEGO Kingdoms Set Chess Set – this set gives you massive numbers of knights and two different types of armor (in role-playing parlance these two sets would be called army builder sets, large numbers of figures for little investment).
LEGO Juniors Pirate Treasure Hunt Set– Buy this set to get yourself a rowboat. There are dozens of lessons you can do with a rowboat, a map, and a few guys. This is the most cost effective way to get a boat. Bonus you also get a shark, which could be fun to play around with.
LEGO history gives visual aids of how history unfolded
This is the primary way we use LEGO history lessons. The kids find me the figure I need, and then we sit down with a giant map of the relevant countryside, a few notes or our textbook, and we start telling the tale.
Ancient LEGO history lessons
This is anything from the start of the world all the way through the Roman Empire (I know generally ancient history is split off around the life of Christ, but I like to get the whole Roman empire together, rather than split in two).
Middle Ages LEGO history lessons
This will run you from about the mid-400s up to the invention of the printing press. Once the written word is more freely available and doesn’t become an expensive luxury, the world changes fast.
Renaissance and Reformation LEGO history lessons
It’s amazing how much the world changes in just a few hundred years.
Modern LEGO history lessons
If the pace of change seemed fast during the Renaissance, my head spins with how much is crammed into such very short time periods.