Fun History Project Ideas for Ancient Rome

Hands on History Project Ideas when studying Ancient Rome

Are you concerned that your children are missing out if you're only reading about the historical events of Ancient Rome?f Tired of just doing bookwork and colouring in a map? 

I also wanted to make sure that we lived out the culture - not just with historical fiction novels which draw you into the time period, but by adding in excitement with fun history project ideas.

So .. what could you do?

  • Make our own togas, soldier's cape, helmet, greaves, sword and shields; 
  • Relax on cushions as you enjoy a Roman Feast;
  • Invite friends and have a gladiatorial battle!
  • Rehearse speeches and impress grandparents!

Resources to plan history project ideas

So, how do you plan for these events and history project ideas? 

The best place to start is the library!  We found a heap of books which are completely devoted to history project ideas for whatever time period you are studying.  We loved using the  Classical Kids Activity Guide as it has so many hands on history project ideas that are simple enough to do for young children.  

There are a variety of projects in this book - spanning across a study of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome.

Timelines are a wonderful way to see all history at a glance and the timeline figures from Amy Pak help to visualize what happens at what time - the figures of history through the ages.

We have also used Veritas Press Cards to show events of history by pegging them on a string on a large empty wall in our home.

Another way we have done time-lines is just to get a roll of paper, simply add a black line with dates and then draw in characters, events as well as glue in pictures of events. It's such a great way to see history and view different characters who lived at the same time. And it's free to do!

Lapbooks and Notebooking on Ancient Rome

Are you interested in notebooking and making lapbooks? The Homeschool E-Store carries a variety of interesting lapbooks and guides to study Ancient Rome and bring it alive with all sorts of products including ebooks which have hands on history project ideas for this time period.

More Unit Studies to be found at

You will also find that some of the history project ideas on the Ancient Greece page - cover Ancient Rome as well. For example, the History Scribe - covers Greece and Rome and Robin Sampson has a study on Ancient History: Adam to Messiah - covering both of these time periods also.  See the Ancient Greece Project page for more information.

Ancient History Notebooking Pages

What I really like about this set of Notebooking pages from is the scope of the pages. 

This Package contains:

  • Ancient Africa & Egypt Notebooking Pages
  • Ancient Americas Notebooking Pages
  • Ancient China, Japan, & India Notebooking Pages
  • Ancient Greeks, Minoans, & Mycenaeans Notebooking Pages
  • Ancient Mesopotamia Notebooking Pages
  • Ancient Romans,
  • the Early Christian Church, & Other European Cultures Notebooking Pages.

What I also like is that it does not only contain famous people, but also monuments and structures, maps, wars and things peculiar to the ancient time period.

It is very comprehensive. Click the image for more information and to be taken to the NotebookingPages site.

Pages to help you create your Homeschool History Ancient Rome Study

The DYH History Bookshop

If you love teaching history, and love books (do you have that problem too?) - then you'd love to see my serious recommendations for studying history in your homeschool in the DYH History Bookshop.  If you have a resource you'd like me to mention, send me a note.. Marianne

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