What is history?
Helping your Child Learn History (U.S. Dept. of Edu)
What is archeology?
Websites & videos
- Dialogue for Kids: Archaeology Facts (Idaho Public Television)
- Archeology for Kids (National Park Service Archeology Program)
- What is Archeology? (video)
- Diggers (National Geographic Channel)
- Mysteries of Catalhayuk (Science Museum of Minnesota)
- Dig it up (video game)
- Hands on History | Archaeology (BBC, video, printables)
- Archeology Information (National Geographic)
Activities: Select one of these activities.
- A Kid’s Guide to Archaeology on the Coconino National Forest - This guide provides details about what archaeology is, the key terms that are used and how they are applied in a site.
- Hands on History (BBC) This is a great download, as it has lots of activities from putting together a broken (paper) pot, poo from the past, reading crop marks, and a coloring sheet.
- Coloring book
- Archaeologists Dig for Clues (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)
If you want to spend more time on archaeology here are a couple of activity books for ideas:
- Hands-On Archaeology: Real-Life Activities for Kids
- Archaeology for Kids: Uncovering the Mysteries of Our Past, 25 Activities
- Archaeology Lessons Plans from the Society of American Archaeology: This contains a long list of ideas and lessons that could be adapted for home.
Here is a long resource list of Archaeology Books for Children from the Archaeological Institute of America. And AIA's list of lesson plans and detailed introduction to the field.
Most state museums have downloads and website information about archeology. If you want to make it local, check out what your local museum or college/university have available on the history of the region. Many of these have sections on archaeology.