Bringing History Alive for Kids

We love to share history with kids. Most people do, and that is why our National Parks are often filled to the brim on weekends and holidays! We’d love to hear your ideas for incorporating American History into your life. Here are a few of our tips!

When you are reading books or talking about specific time periods, act them out! It’s fun to turn off all your electrical appliances for an hour or a day when reading about Colonial Times. It’s also fun to plant a Victory Garden or set up a protest (later bedtimes!)

Have a time period party! We had a time-period party when reading about the Roaring Twenties and had a great time figuring out what to wear, finding appropriate music, and learning new dances!

A friend read about the rise of factories in the U.S. and turned her house into a factory complete with child labor! While the brutal aspect of this time period wasn’t shared, she had a lot of help getting the laundry put away (assembly line) and lunch made (peanut-butter sandwich factory). She also had the kids make a model car out of blocks and then the100_2963y had to split the work and make ten new cars in five minutes (hilarious fail but the point was made!)

What kid doesn’t love to cook? Read about what people ate in different time periods and try to re-create those dishes. Talk about why these foods were popular, how they were prepared, and why people ate them. Talk about climate, refrigeration, and availability.

Music tells stories and teaches us about history. My family has spent hours on YouTube watching musicians and bands from different time periods. It is fun to talk about dress, hair, and musical styles. Try to put in tidbits about national and international events happening during the same time period.

How do you incorporate historical learning in your home? Share your tips and tricks in the comments section!


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