When I moved to the Kingdom of Tonga (in the South Pacific), one thing that surprised me was the large Chinese population here. Chinese people make up about 3% of the population. In America, they make up about 1.5% of the people, bringing a vibrant and colorful culture with them. You can’t study China without studying its ancient history, and these resources to teach kids about Ancient China will help.
You won’t have to go very far to understand why studying Ancient China is a huge part of the history of the world. It is one of the oldest, longest-lasting, and wealthiest civilizations and cultures ever. Its history can be traced back around 4,000 years.
Significant geography for Ancient China
Geography played a huge part in the progression of Ancient China’s civilization and culture. The country was separated from the rest of the world by way of different types of geographical features.
China was a large landmass secluded by dry desserts in the north and west, the Pacific Ocean bordering the east, and the south full of mountainous terrain making it impossible to pass. These features allowed China to develop independently from other civilizations in the world.
Its riches were built mainly because of two rivers that began in China’s central region. One river, the Yellow River (3,395 miles long), flows through the north and the other, the Yangtze River (3,988 miles long) flows through the south.
China’s civilization formed first along the Yellow River, where Chinese farmers built small villages. The yellow color soil was fruitful for growing a grain called millet. Farmers also raised sheep and cattle there.
The Yangtze River also played an important role in China’s culture and development. Because of the warm weather and rain around this river region, farmers there grew rice. The Yangtze River ended up becoming a very wealthy land. Eventually, it became a boundary between Northern and Southern China.
Besides its geographical features, there are several reasons why we should teach Ancient China to our kids.
My very favorite is #1 on my list below:
1. The Great Wall of China
I love the idea and history behind The Great Wall of China. It took over 2,000 years to build – between the years of 770 BC and 1633 AD. It was completed in stages over several Chinese dynasties and leaderships, the last being The Ming Dynasty.
2. It’s so interesting.
My husband and son love Chinese movies. My husband is a history buff and tells my son about books he has read of China’s history.
Some cool history includes the Silk Road, all the Dynasties, the Opium War, and Confucian thought that still has significant influence in China today. China has over 56 different ethnic groups, all uniquely characterized.
The colorful festivals, traditions, and culture make it fun and visually pleasing history to study in your homeschool.
3. Their history shows what resilient people the Chinese are.
The Chinese have been through struggles like the Nanjing Massacre, the Cultural Revolution, and the Great Famine. All of these have caused much suffering, yet the people remain resilient and learn to survive all over the world to flourish.
4. The Chinese are brilliant minded people.
Not everyone, of course, but I can say that China has been ahead of the curve for much of ancient history. Silk originated in China in the Neolithic, the Yangshao culture in millennium 4 BC. China still leads the world in silk production today.
They also invented gunpowder, the compass, fireworks, movable type, crossbows, paper money, and landmines. That is a LOT to explore and have fun learning about with your kids.
I think your kids could really enjoy learning all about Ancient China. You can start with these YouTube videos:
Ancient China | EdYouToo
Grab these resources to teach kids about Ancient China:
Ancient China Contributions | ColemanCreations
Facts & FREE Worksheets Ancient Chinese Empires | kidskonnect
Ancient China Fact Hunt and Doodle Poster about Ancient Chinese Civilization | Brain Waves Instruction
Lesson Plans and Activities- Ancient China | China MrDonn.org
Ancient China FREE Lapbook | Homeschool Share
BINGO Game Ancient China Activity | Drag Drop Learning
No Prep Ancient China Activity – Ancient China Word Search FUN | Puzzles to Print
Ancient China Geography Scavenger Hunt and Task Cards – Differentiated | Engaging Them All
Website Sleuths- Ancient China (Daily Life and Culture) | The Peanut Gallery
Ancient China Packet (FREE Notebook Pages) | Homeschool Den
STEM Ancient China Challenges and Projects | StudentSavvy
Ancient China: Escape Room – Social Studies | Escape Room EDU
Anchor Charts, Worksheets, and Fun Ancient China Activities | 1st Grade Salt Life
History Resource: Ancient China | Raising Royalty
Ancient China Projects for Elementary Students | Growing Curious Minds
Study of Ancient China | The Pinay Homeschooler
Terracotta Army: Learning About Ancient China | All Done Monkey
Art & Architecture History of Ancient China (FREE Printables) | The Natural Homeschooler
FREE China Lapbook | Homeschool Helper Online
Small World Play: Ancient China | The Pinay Homeschooler
STEM Activities for Kids: Great Wall of China Challenge | Preschool Powol Packets
These craft and activity resources will go great alongside your lessons to teach kids about Ancient China.
Teaching Ancient China (FREE Crafts and Activities) | Glitter in Third
Crafts/activities for Ancient China | Glitter in Third
Chinese Character Printmaking Project | Creative Family Fun
Quick and Easy Ancient Chinese Papermaking for Kids | Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus
These resources will help your kids learn about the country and culture of China.
Facts About China FREE Book for Kids | 123Homeschool4Me
Fun China Facts For Kids FREE Printable | ItsyBistyFun
Chinese Inventions FREE Worksheet | Education.com
Resources to Learn about China | Blessed Learners
China Activities For Elementary | Adventures in Mommydom
Activities for Your China Unit | A Day in First Grade
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!