lego history lessons

LEGO History

In our homeschool history lessons we pull out a lot of LEGOs to create LEGO history. LEGOs have a wide variety of uses in your history and geography lessons:

  • provide visual aid of how history unfolded
  • build famous monuments
  • re-enact famous scenes in history

I’m sure there’s even more that I haven’t thought of yet, but it’ll come to me later on.  Hopefully, this will give you some inspiration for your own LEGO history lessons, or some amusement as you read my oh so serious history lessons.

teaching history with LEGOs

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What do you need for LEGO history lessons?

The discovery of Iceland as told by LEGOS

Honestly, you can use the LEGOs you already have.  If you look at my lessons, most of them unfold in this manner.  That’s why the discovery of Greenland is being told with Ninjago figures.

BUT……  If you want your history lessons to be a bit more “authentic” let me point you to a few sets that will get you going.

LEGO Pirates Chess Set*– this gives you a large number of blue-coated soldiers and pirates.  The blue-coated soldiers work wonderfully for early American soldiers.  The pirates can be used for all sorts of figures that you need, barbarians, random people, they’re great for that.

LEGO Kingdoms Set Chess Set *– this set gives you massive numbers of knights and two different types of armor (in role-playing parlance these two sets would be called army builder sets, large numbers of figures for little investment).

LEGO Juniors Pirate Treasure Hunt Set*– Buy this set to get yourself a rowboat.  There are dozens of lessons you can do with a rowboat, a map, and a few guys.  This is the most cost-effective way to get a boat.  Bonus you also get a shark, which could be fun to play around with.

Brick Forge– I keep an eye on their 30 under 30 or 1/2 price steals. They have some amazing historical specialty figures and accessories.

lego history lessons to illustrate history

LEGO history gives visual aids of how history unfolded

This is the primary way we use LEGO history lessons.  The kids find me the figure I need, and then we sit down with a giant map of the relevant countryside, a few notes or our textbook, and we start telling the tale.

Ancient LEGO history lessons


This is anything from the start of the world all the way through the Roman Empire (I know generally ancient history is split off around the life of Christ, but I like to get the whole Roman empire together, rather than split in two).



Middle Ages LEGO history lessons

This will run you from about the mid-400s up to the invention of the printing press.  Once the written word is more freely available and doesn’t become an expensive luxury, the world changes fast.


Renaissance and Reformation LEGO history lessons

It’s amazing how much the world changes in just a few hundred years.


Modern LEGO history lessons

If the pace of change seemed fast during the Renaissance, my head spins with how much is crammed into such very short time periods.

Originally published December 28, 2017, updated today


9 responses to “LEGO History”

  1. Also for historical armour etc try

    Ancient his tory is really good – you can get Philistines! (listed under Greek) Accurate bronze age weapons, bows & arrows, slings, scrolls, baby swaddling, rams horn trumpets… I really want to buy some of this stuff for Sunday School.

    And they do more recent history too.

    1. Oooohhhh, I haven’t heard of them, I’ll go check it out.

  2. Wow, that’s a lot of LEGO history lessons! I’m impressed…

    1. Thanks! I was amused to see how many I had.

  3. I love your LEGO history lessons!

    1. I need to get back into them. It’s been a bit since I did one.

  4. I love your lego lessons. It is such a simple way to bring history alive and I imagine not too parent intensive? I may have to start taking a leaf out of your book and use them. We seem to be focusing more on maths and science with the little ones, but using Legos might be a simple way to enjoy history.

    1. Not too much, it just takes doing a bit of research ahead of time, so you know where you want the figures to go and the story you want to tell. I did one this fall with the conquistadors that didn’t turn out at all well because I hadn’t reread the lesson well enough beforehand.

  5. I always enjoyed your history series – you certainly have a gift for making it both fun and relevant!

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