Famous Figures of the Renaissance

The printing revolution is ignited as Johannes Gutenberg invents movable type printing and new ideas spread throughout the world. Leonardo da Vinci, the quintessential Renaissance man, observes and records the world around him, creating art that has been treasured through the centuries. As Queen Elizabeth I reigns in England, William Shakespeare writes dramatic masterpieces for the ages. In Italy, Galileo Galilei peers through his telescope at wonders never seen before. This is the Renaissance, a time of exploration and adventure!

Now children ages 6 to 12 can make movable action figures and relive the memorable events of the Renaissance with Famous Figures of the Renaissance: Movable Paper Figures to Cut, Color, and Assemble. Ten luminaries of the Renaissance—including Johannes Gutenberg, Christopher Columbus, Isabella I, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Martin Luther, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, William Shakespeare, and Galileo Galilei—will come to life as children color, cut, and assemble figures with movable arms, legs, pens, and paintbrushes. The sturdy figures are then ready to be transformed into puppets for dramatic presentations or to be used as a supplement for biographical studies, as props to retell history, as an activity during reading time, or as characters in skits with stop-motion animation.

This creative learning tool is ideal for kinesthetic learners and features detailed illustrations based on paintings and statues. Each character comes in easy-to-assemble colored and colorable versions printed on heavy card stock for hours of creative play. A short biography section provides key facts about each historic figure. To add to the learning fun, a reading list is included for parent/teacher read-alouds and independent readers.

An engaging activity for hands-on learners. Fun to make and play with, again and again!



Johannes Gutenberg

Christopher Columbus

Isabella I

Leonardo da Vinci


Martin Luther

Henry VIII

Elizabeth I

William Shakespeare

Galileo Galilei

Famous Figures of the Renaissance

by Cathy Diez-Luckie

ISBN 978-0-9818566-6-7