Industrial Revolution Activities & Games

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

There's a lot to learn about the Industrial Revolution. Help keep students engaged in the learning process by trying out these Industrial Revolution games and activities.

Industrial Revolution Games and Activities

The Industrial Revolution was a time of great change, and that means there's a lot to talk about with students. Finding a way to crystallize everything they need to know is challenging, but by involving our students in games and activities, we can help keep them interested and engaged as they learn. Here are some possible games and activities that you could use to aid student learning.


One of the biggest themes of the Industrial Revolution was a move towards specialization of labor, and in particular, assembly lines. Rather than simply explain to students the benefits of assembly lines, we can show them in a hands-on way. This is a lesson they're much less likely to forget.

To complete this activity, come up with something that your students can build that involves multiple steps. For example, you could have them build origami swans. For something more elaborate, you could show them how to create an animal shape out of a mixture of pieces of card, pipe cleaners, tape, and sequins. Whatever the product is, it should have a series of clear steps.

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