Often, children struggle to find history interesting, with many believing that it is a dry topic full of boring facts and figures that has no relation to their daily lives. However, history can be an exciting and fun topic that can ignite your child’s curiosity if taught in the right way.
- Explore Your Family Tree
By teaching your child about their own history and that of their family, you will be able to show them how history relates to their daily life and the present era in a way that relates directly to them and their family. There are many online resources through which children can discover their family tree, such as GenealogyBank, which allows children to explore their genealogy online in an interactive way. This site gives kids a direct insight into the lives of their relations with newspaper coverage, the world’s largest obituary collection, and a huge collection of birth, death, and marriage certificates.
- Take them on Historical Day Trips
Every child loves going on a day trip, and taking your children to historical landmarks can be an interactive way to bring history to life. Historical monuments can help to spark a child’s imagination and show them the place where history really happened to connect them better with the subject. Historical landmarks in the U.S include the Freedom Trail in Boston, Alcatraz, and the Statue of Liberty. Not only this, but many famous landmarks have fun entertainment, re-enactments, activities, and information that is aimed at children, making it even easier to get them involved.
- Use Fun Entertainment Media
Children can find learning out of a textbook incredibly boring, and one of the better ways to grasp their interest in history is through using fun entertainment media such as movies, books, and television shows. Although the information in these may not be entirely accurate, they can help to show the exciting side of history and children will want to find out more about the time period that their favorite characters lived in. You can then use this media to start a conversation about the broader time period that the movie or show was set in.
- Recreate Battles and Events
If your child is incredibly active and loves imaginative play, you may also want to try encouraging them to recreate the battles and events of the past. From asking them to create an informative defense as a lawyer for one of their favorite historical figures, to creating sword fights and battles with them on your lawn or at the nearby park, you will be teaching them all about history without them even realizing that they are learning. After playtime, you may then find it easier to engage them in the facts of the event and what really happened.
History can be an exciting subject for children once textbooks and fact sheets are thrown aside, and this is even easier if you are able to relate history to their daily lives. From online resources and websites to children’s history books such as Horrible Histories, there is an astonishing number of fun ways to get your child interested in history.