William Penn Activities for Kids

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

Students will do more than just color an outline of William Penn in these activities. They will have fun learning about him and the contributions he made for colonial independence.

William Penn Activities

Students will find the following activities engaging as they complete a mapping activity, create a speech, play a game and learn interesting facts about William Penn.

A Gift from the King

King Charles II gifted what is now known as Delaware and Pennsylvania to William Penn. Students will identify both states and other important geography in this activity.


  • A blank map of Delaware and Pennsylvania
  • Crayons
  • Pen or pencil


  • Distribute the blank map to students and ask them to follow these instructions:
    • Write the following names of the states and cities on the map:
      • Delaware and its capital Dover
      • Pennsylvania and its capital Harrisburg
      • Philadelphia
    • Draw the Delaware River and label it.
  • Allow students to color the map as desired.
  • Ask them to write about how these geographic locations relate to William Penn on the back of the map.
  • Afterwards, require students to share their responses.

A Speech to the Delegation

William Penn was instrumental in promoting independence and democracy in the English colonies. Students will take a step back in time and pretend they are William Penn giving a speech to the delegation.

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