I’m always looking for ways to branch out here on BoothieBarn. My goal is to educate and interact with people about the Lincoln assassination. However, there is one particular demographic that remains elusive: kids. It’s ironic, really. In real life I’m an elementary school teacher and yet the part of history that interest me the most is one that would be particularly difficult to relate to children. How can I teach, in a developmentally appropriate way, the complexity of the death of Abraham Lincoln? Well, luckily I’ve found a new resource to make it much, much easier. How do you teach kids about such a sensitive topic such as Lincoln’s death or the Civil War? With that time tested tool, the coloring book.
I picked up this resource for a mere dollar and flipped to the back hoping to find a page that I could use to teach kids about the Lincoln assassination. Fate was one my side, and I now have this wonderful teaching tool:
Feel free to click and print this picture full size for you to use with your own kids. Drop off copies at your local library. Hand them out to neighborhood kids at play during the summer. Help get kids interested in history.
The real wonderful thing about coloring book pages is that they appeal to everyone, even adults. Why, with only a box of twelve colored pencils and a couple hours, I turned the above blank canvas into this piece of historical art:
Who ever said history couldn’t be fun?