Great World War II Projects You Can Build Yourself

From spy maps and victory banners to spotter planes and ration cakes, Great World War II Projects You Can Build Yourself brings one of the most defining periods of American and world history to life through hands-on building projects and activities. Detailed step-by-step instructions for creating each project combine with historical facts and anecdotes, biographies, and trivia about the real-life models. Together they give kids a first-hand look at daily life at home and on the front lines during America’s war years.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $15.95
  • eBook, $12.95

Grade Level 4–6

Ages 9–12

GRL X

Subjects

  • Social Studies
  • US History
  • World History

More Details

From spy maps and victory banners to spotter planes and ration cakes, Great World War II Projects You Can Build Yourself brings one of the most defining periods of American and world history to life through hands-on building projects and activities. Detailed step-by-step instructions for creating each project combine with historical facts and anecdotes, biographies, and trivia about the real-life models. Together they give kids a first-hand look at daily life at home and on the front lines during America’s war years.


  • Reviews
  • Look Inside
  • Projects
  • Author-Illustrator

Children’s Literature Review
“In straightforward, highly readable prose, it provides a thorough overview of the events…”

Kiki Magazine
“ . . . Brings history to life, giving you a glimpse of what it was like to live during WWII through projects and stories about real people.”

School Library Media Activities Monthly
“an excellent resource . . . ”

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
“You get a feel for what it would have been like during the war . . . this is a great source.”

Cobblestone
“Includes great hands-on activities . . . is full of information about World War II from the front lines to the home front.”

Travel World International
“A unique, educational book.”

Paula Spencer, Woman’s Day Magazine’s “Momfidence!” columnist and Parenting Magazine contributing editor
“Makes history come alive right at your kitchen table or at your child’s desk! A Particular treat for young history buffs, homeschoolers, or teachers looking for a WWII resource full of innovative, hands-on ideas.”

Richard Koone, National Museum of the Pacific War, Fredericksburg, Texas
“a wonderful book that young people can learn from and have fun at the same time. The hands-on projects will stimulate their imaginations and add to their understanding of the sacrifices and inventiveness of that generation. It will make a valuable addition to any educator’s toolkit.”

Jay P. Tennies, Director, Eldred World War II Museum and Learning Center
“An interactive approach to history that children (and adults) will enjoy. The service, sacrifice, and struggles of World War II are explained and explored with each creative project. This book provides a wonderful way to ‘do’ history together.”

Jen Singer, author, 14 Hours ‘Til Bedtime
“ . . . history and fun rolled into one kid-friendly book. Children will learn about escape maps hidden in playing cards, war-time music and lingo, and how to make silly putty—all while getting a solid understanding of life during World War II. It’s ‘killer-diller’—good stuff.”

Arline Zatz, freelance writer
“A great way to offer kids and adults a hands-on way to experience the history and innovations that were sparked by the Second World War.”



Make Your Own Victory Banner

During World War II, families made patriotic banners called victory banners or sons-in-service flags to show their support for their sons, fathers, and brothers battling far away on the front lines. Banners were hung from a window or door at the front of the house where everyone could see them. The banners were white rectangles with a red border, and featured a blue star for every family member who was serving on the battlefront. If a soldier was killed, families would replace the blue star with a gold star.

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Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt

Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt is an award-winning freelance writer who has contributed to American Profile, Family Circle, Ladies’ Home Journal, Go, and The Washington Post. She is the author of Amazing Maya Inventions and Great World War II Projects You Can Build Yourself.


Alex Kim

Alex Kim is a Cartoonist and Illustrator currently living and working Vermont. He earned an MFA from The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont and a B. Arch from The Cooper Union in New York, NY.



More Details

Grade Level: 4–6
Ages: 9–12
GRL: X
Subjects: Social Studies, US History, World History,
Specs: 8 x 10 , black and white interior , 128 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Maps, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

Children’s Literature Review
“In straightforward, highly readable prose, it provides a thorough overview of the events…”

Kiki Magazine
“ . . . Brings history to life, giving you a glimpse of what it was like to live during WWII through projects and stories about real people.”

School Library Media Activities Monthly
“an excellent resource . . . ”

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
“You get a feel for what it would have been like during the war . . . this is a great source.”

Cobblestone
“Includes great hands-on activities . . . is full of information about World War II from the front lines to the home front.”

Travel World International
“A unique, educational book.”

Paula Spencer, Woman’s Day Magazine’s “Momfidence!” columnist and Parenting Magazine contributing editor
“Makes history come alive right at your kitchen table or at your child’s desk! A Particular treat for young history buffs, homeschoolers, or teachers looking for a WWII resource full of innovative, hands-on ideas.”

Richard Koone, National Museum of the Pacific War, Fredericksburg, Texas
“a wonderful book that young people can learn from and have fun at the same time. The hands-on projects will stimulate their imaginations and add to their understanding of the sacrifices and inventiveness of that generation. It will make a valuable addition to any educator’s toolkit.”

Jay P. Tennies, Director, Eldred World War II Museum and Learning Center
“An interactive approach to history that children (and adults) will enjoy. The service, sacrifice, and struggles of World War II are explained and explored with each creative project. This book provides a wonderful way to ‘do’ history together.”

Jen Singer, author, 14 Hours ‘Til Bedtime
“ . . . history and fun rolled into one kid-friendly book. Children will learn about escape maps hidden in playing cards, war-time music and lingo, and how to make silly putty—all while getting a solid understanding of life during World War II. It’s ‘killer-diller’—good stuff.”

Arline Zatz, freelance writer
“A great way to offer kids and adults a hands-on way to experience the history and innovations that were sparked by the Second World War.”


Projects

Make Your Own Victory Banner

During World War II, families made patriotic banners called victory banners or sons-in-service flags to show their support for their sons, fathers, and brothers battling far away on the front lines. Banners were hung from a window or door at the front of the house where everyone could see them. The banners were white rectangles with a red border, and featured a blue star for every family member who was serving on the battlefront. If a soldier was killed, families would replace the blue star with a gold star.


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt

Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt is an award-winning freelance writer who has contributed to American Profile, Family Circle, Ladies’ Home Journal, Go, and The Washington Post. She is the author of Amazing Maya Inventions and Great World War II Projects You Can Build Yourself.

Alex Kim

Alex Kim is a Cartoonist and Illustrator currently living and working Vermont. He earned an MFA from The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont and a B. Arch from The Cooper Union in New York, NY.