Famous Figures of the American Revolution: Movable Paper Figures
to Cut, Color, and Assemble is a book of Revolution-era
figures drawn on cardstock. The American patriots that are included
are Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross, Daniel Boone, George Washington,
John Adams, Molly Pitcher, Patrick Henry, Paul Revere, Thomas
Jefferson, and a soldier of the Continental Army. Each figure
contains a short biography. There is also a companion reading
list containing read-alouds and independent readers. For this
review, the Punch and Fastener Pack was included, so I had all
that I needed. If you don't have a small hole punch and fasteners,
you will need to purchase those.
First the parent or the child will need to cut out the figures.
The perforated pages make it easy to tear the page out of the book.
The figures come in color and black and white, so the children
can color the figures. Then the children punch holes at the appropriate
places and place brads to attach arms to bodies so that the figures
can move. The figures are designed for students ages 6 to 12.
The figures stand about 12" tall. Their arms and legs move at
the knees and at the elbows. If you have an artistic child, she
will enjoy coloring in the black-and-white figure. If you have
a methodical child, simply putting together the colored figure
would be sufficient. We used these figures as demonstrations during
our read-alouds about the American Revolution. During free playtime
at our house, my daughters enjoyed creating dialogue between the
characters. Some families have assembled the figures and then attached
them to their time lines. There is nothing specifically "homeschool" about
this product, but it does liven up history!
The instructions were simple enough for my 9-year-old to grab
the book and run away with it. It is that kind of book, the kind
that children run to get to and want to start right away. The figures
are beautiful. We have an artist in the house, and she was pleased
with the artwork. My only challenge with the Famous Figures was
trying to get the pieces cut out fast enough for my 7-year-old
to put together. As a mom I enjoyed having movable figures to have
the children observe and play with during history reading time.
Ms. Diez-Luckie's moveable figures are beautiful. They will liven
up any history lesson. She has more historical figures in production.