American Revolution Paper Soldiers: Lexington & Concord
Reviewed by Jonathan Lewis
Jordan Jachim is a homeschool graduate, college student, history buff, and owner of Through All Agews—a small publishing outfit dedicated to creating historically accurate paper soldiers as a hands-on supplement to your historical studies.
Now, if you’re like me, your initial reaction might be a little bit doubtful. Paper soldiers? What’s the point? I’ll get to that in a moment, but first, it might be helpful if I describe the product in a little more detail.
First, Through All Ages has produced a variety of collections, including American Civil War: Pickett’s Charge, World War II: D-Day on Omaha Beach, American Revolution: Lexington & Concord (the collection I’m reviewing), and a variety of others. Each collection comes in an 8.5x11” booklet printed on very sturdy cardstock; in fact, calling these “paper” soldiers is a bit unflatteringly deceptive, since they’re actually much better than paper.
In the Lexington & Concord collection I have in front of me, there are a total of forty-six figures—eighteen from the British Army, twenty-four American minutemen (a few are duplicates), and four “personality” figures (Major John Pitcairn, Drummer William Diamond, Captain John Parker, and Paul Revere).
Students assemble the figures by cutting them out of the booklet and attaching them to the provided cardstock bases. From there, your students can arrange them however they want, recreating scenes from the battle, or, for the extra ambitious, even performing a complete (albeit downsized) reenactment!
And that brings me back to the question I raised a moment ago. What’s the point of paper soldiers? I can think of three types of students who might benefit from these products. First, hands-on learners who love to experience things and who learn best through activities and manipulatives. Second, artistic students who might find history dry and boring, and for whom a creative project might be just what they need to bring some much-needed life to their studies. And third, your young history buff who just can’t get enough of anything historical.
At just $8.50 per collection, these are an inexpensive option for bringing a little variety to your history class. Check out Jordan’s website to see samples and the full list of collections.
This review was originally published in the January/February 2017 issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine. Information and availability subject to change without notice.