Hands-On Resources

Passport to History

Discover history at four sites in your own back yard and win a prize! Mercer and Bucks Counties are rife with Revolutionary history. Now kids have the opportunity to fill a “Passport to History” with stamps from all four of the Ten Crucial Days sites. Those who fill their passport can win prizes, including Revolutionary War coloring books, free drink coupons from Wawa and free ice cream coupons at Uncle Ed’s Creamery in Pennington, NJ. Washington Crossing Historic Park of PA, Washington Crossing State Park of NJ, the Old Barracks in Trenton, and the Princeton Battlefield are thrilled to announce this collaboration to encourage kids to learn about the area’s rich history and enjoy our gorgeous parks!

Click here to download and print your passport.


Camp in a Box

Each Camp in a Box kit contains supplies and instructions for more than 20 history-themed activities that students can do at home over the course of a week.

Activities are divided into five themes:

  • Be a Spy
  • Be in Nature
  • Be a Historian
  • Be a Colonial Kid
  • Be a Colonial Tradesman

Designed for ages 7-12, activities include making a code wheel, planting period seeds, and creating a timeline of the Ten Crucial Days. The boxes are designed to be used by one child, but activities can be adapted to more than one child or to a classroom for homeschool/virtual learning. Most supplies you’ll need are in the box, and a shopping list of perishable and common household items is also included.

Camp in a Box is available for $25 for in-person pickup at Washington Crossing Historic Park’s gift shop. Domestic shipping is an additional $10.95.

To learn more or order a box, please call 215-493-4076.


History Chests

History Chests are perfect for schools, homeschool pods, libraries, scout troops, and other student groups. These themed trunks can be rented by teachers and other educators to facilitate in-person, hands-on programming for students in Kindergarten through eighth grade.

Each chest includes a week of activities, lesson plans, and hands-on reproductions related to one specific theme, including Period Cooking, Education in Colonial America, and Toys and Games.

Each chest includes:

  • A list of common core standards
  • Instructions
  • Worksheets
  • An inventory list
  • An evaluation form for the teacher
  • Additional resources

Chests are available for $45 for one week, $55 for two weeks. Longer terms may be available depending on demand. Chests can be picked up at Washington Crossing Historic Park’s gift shop. To learn more or place an order for a chest, please call 215-493-4076.


Colonial Days Field Trips

Washington Crossing Historic Park makes the perfect site for an educational (and fun!) field trip. The park offers dedicated Colonial Days that are specially designed for students of all ages. During a field trip, students rotate through stations, spending 15 minutes at each stop to learn about life in colonial America and Washington’s crossing of the Delaware. For additional information and a list of days, please see our dedicated page here.