From Mastodon bones to hidden beds, history will come alive for your kids as our guides share inspiring stories of our nation’s founding and of the people, both free and enslaved, who lived on this working plantation.
Families and students! Join us every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for our weekly livestreams. We feature a special topic each week with regular appearances by Thomas Jefferson (as portrayed by veteran interpreter Bill Barker) and some of our favorite stories and activities about Thomas Jefferson and Monticello. Watch our livestreams here.
While Monticello is closed to the public and children are home from school, here are some activities to support children’s learning at home. After all, Jefferson said ‘Knowledge is power . . . knowledge is safety . . . knowledge is happiness.’
For Young Learners
Jefferson designed his two houses for himself. Now you can be an architect too!
Fun and challenging images of Monticello for you to color at home!
Thomas Jefferson said that "Architecture is my delight, and putting up and pulling down, one of my favorite amusements." Find out more about his love of architecture in our 'Day in the Life of Thomas Jefferson' feature.
Make a modernized version of a recipe from the extended Jefferson-Randolph family.
Use Jefferson's own ice cream recipe to make your own!
Use Thomas Jefferson's secret method for coding and decoding messages. (Requires a set of Monticello Secret Decoder Wheels)
From books to toys to games, we have a wide array of educational and entertaining for kids in our online shop.
For Older Learners
A cross-subject lesson plan for high school students using architecture, trigonometry, and environmental science.
See how Monticello’s iconic West Front was restored to its original Jefferson-era appearance. (Blog post from 2013)