Lego Timeline (part 1)

During the third grade we learned a lot about Ancient World. However as we wrapped up our school year, we realized there was a need to create a sort of timeline for children to follow. I searched for ideas and those I found included fold-out timeline, three-ring binder timeline (we tried it but there were two problems with it :1) kid doesn’t open it unless prompted 2) if he does look through it pages get torn out sometimes) and there is even a game. But all of these  ideas were lacking excitement somehow.

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And then D. spotted a new Brick Wonders book in the store and absolutely definitely had to get it


Brick Wonders: Ancient, Modern, and Natural Wonders Made from LEGO

And this is how the idea to create a Lego Timeline was born.

This is the first part of our Timeline (currently in progress of building more historical events) and it includes early humans and first important inventions.

As a source D. used DK History Visual Guide book


History: From the Dawn of Civilization to the Present Day

It is the most wonderful resource and covers nearly everything. This book has very helpful timelines. D. picked most important events in early human history and wrote it down on cards. Then he got building.

The result:

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Let’s look closer at each:

The discovery of fire

The discovery of fire

first tools

first tools

Ice Age

Ice Age

first stone huts

first stone huts

Cattle is domesticated

Cattle is domesticated

earliest irrigation system in Mesopotamia

earliest irrigation system in Mesopotamia

Copper first used in Mesopotamia

Copper first used in Mesopotamia

first use of plow in Mesopotamia

first use of plow in Mesopotamia

This project is ongoing, so please expect further updates. It is certainly fun (kids get to play with Legos!) and leaves strong impressions, D. definitely remembers his dates and events much better after putting his heart into it. The only drawback is that this project takes up a lot of space, but it’s well worth it.

As I type, D. recommends Magic Tree House Book as it taught him a lot about Ice Age


Sunset of the Sabertooth (Magic Tree House #7)

A great book list about pre-historic people can be found here

Wonderful list on Mesopotamia here

for my Russian readers there is a great chapter book:

Эрнст Д’Эрвильи “Приключения доисторического мальчика”

Stay tuned for new updates to our Lego Historical Timeline !

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