Ever since I reviewed the Literary Genres Lap Book from Home School in the Woods, I instantly became a fan of their products. I'm excited to be sharing another product review from them...the Artists Activity-Pak from their Hands-On History Activity-Paks!
If you didn't catch my Literary Genres Lap Book review or you aren't familiar with Home School in the Woods products, then you're in for a treat. One thing I've consistently seen with their products is the time and care that they take in creating their educational material. They're extremely detailed and hands-on, which I love.
So, I was super excited when I had the opportunity to review them again. I seriously had a hard time picking just one. Ultimately, my daughter chose the Artists Activity-Pak...so, I didn't have to choose lol. This particular product is suggested for grades 3-8.
True to form, this Activity-Pak is packed with tons of information to satisfy your artistic heart. Not only do you get the Lap Book but this Activity-Pak comes with the Art Gallery! file folder game.
This was my first experience with a file folder game. I've heard a lot about them and how convenient and effective they are but I never ended up putting one together...until now.
I was pleasantly surprised at how simple it was to put together. Simply print, cut a few pieces of paper and tape. Done! I did have a rotary cutter, which I think was what made this project a breeze.
I'm somewhat of a sucker for games (and of course I'm an artist to the core) so this game was made for me! The concept of the game is relatively simple, but I will say that having SOME knowledge of art history helps. Obviously, you'll learn the more you play but it may be more difficult in the beginning. There are familiar pieces of work like the Mona Lisa. Most people can easily identify this one.
Basically, you start anywhere on the board. There is a stack of cards with historical pieces of artwork. In order to advance the board, you have to answer at least one question right about the top card. You have to either give the name of the artist who created it, the name of the art piece itself, the year it was done, or the medium it was done in. You can make it really challenging and require all 4!
You know what I realized? There's a lot of historical art I've never seen or heard of! This was definitely a challenging game but I'm learning so much just playing this game. I've really enjoyed it myself and, the more we play, the better my girls are getting at remembering the names of the artists and their artwork...the dates will come with time lol.
And, of course, who doesn't love a game that stores away as compact as this one does? I know I do! It folds up flat and I just use a binder clip to attach the cards, instructions, and moving pieces. Then it stores away easily in my file box, ready to use whenever we're ready.
We're currently in the process of assembling the Lap Book but it'll look something like this when we're finished. Here are the pieces we've completed so far.
This piece covers several art movements from different eras. Some of these I've never heard of but when you open the flap. It gives a detailed description of that particular movement. Then it has a space to write the names of the artists that were from that particular era.
This flap book covers the different mediums used for each form of art. For example, a painting could include watercolor paint, oil paint, acrylic paint, and the like. A sculpture could include stone, marble, clay, or wood. I like that it encourages students to think about potential mediums for each art form.
You also get this printable art sketchbook. Each page has a quote from a different artist. It's a compact little book that's convenient to carry around for whenever inspiration strikes!
There is also a Paint Box Vocabulary piece that covers artistic terms and their definitions. It actually looks like a paint box and is super cute. Then there's the Artist Exhibition. This part is really cool but it does take some time to put together. It actually comes together like an art gallery displaying the artist. When you open the flap you see a popular art piece from that artist and a place to record facts about them. I'll post pictures when we finally finish the Lap Book because it really is awesome!
I love the Artists Activity-Pak from the Hands-On History Activity-Paks. It's everything I love about Home School in the Woods products. If you're looking for a thorough, hands-on history project to add to your homeschool, then definitely check them out. They've recently added to their Project Passport World History Studies that I've heard are fantastic! There's not really much else to say except that I'm looking forward to trying the Old Testament Activity-Pak!
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Until next time,
Hi there! My name is Brittany..help meet to T.J. and mom to 5 little blessings. My passion lies in helping other women to see their value through the eyes of their creator. Be Encouraged...YOU are a Good Thing!