How to Bring History Alive for Kids

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When you’re reading history from a textbook it can become a snooze-fest for your kids. History doesn’t have to be dry and boring. You can make it come alive with great books and add in hands-on activities to accompany them.

Be sure to enter the giveaway below, it ends on Thursday, June 29th 2017.

How to bring history alive for kids - have fun teaching history by adding more hands-on activities for kids like crafts, songs and field trips.

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How to Bring History Alive for Kids

Create a Timeline When you’re learning about a specific time period with different events, it can be hard to get a grasp of time. Add new people and important events to your timeline to help your child get a better sense of time to look at the overall picture. Watch Documentaries Whether cartoons or reenactments, my boys love documentaries particularly anything related to wars and weapons. Add History Crafts Get their hands dirty and have fun creating historical artifacts out of clay or play dough. Create your own Greek masks or pottery, art projects are a wonderful way to create things during various time periods. Visit Local Historical Places Depending on your location, you can bet there are some wonderful museums or historical sites that my be local to you. Take advantage of your location and see what kind of history you can pull of of your hometown. Take a trip? Take a look to see any attractions you may be able to visit as you travel to learn more about the history that is around you. Read Living Books Go beyond the textbooks and grab living books for your kids. Textbooks can be dry and boring for kids who have not yet developed a love for history. Living books show kids how people lived in a different time and helps them understand better when they can see a character living during different time periods and what problems they had to endure. If you’re looking for living history books these picture books from Carole P. Roman, the If You Were Me and Lived In… series is a wonderful selection of history books for kids. These 5 books cover a variety of time periods but do a great job showing how life was during those time periods. My son who is more into science and only beginning to find a love for history really enjoyed these books. They are full of color and engaging. The books go over the daily life of a child, where they lived, what time of home, clothes they wore, chores or work they had to do. It also paints of picture of how they child would see the world around them as they discuss the customs and different classes of people at the time. Carole P. Roman has published over 30 children’s books and has written several series of books. On top of the If You Were Me and Lived in…. history series, there is also a country series that looks at children in other cultures. My son really liked learning about children from around the world.
One grand prize winner will win all of the books in the history series, If You Were Me and Lived in…, a $180 value, while 10 more winners will win one book of their choice. This giveaway is open to readers in the United States or Canada excluding Quebec. This giveaway starts Jun 20th 7am EST to Thursday, June 29th 11:59pm EST.
  Disclosure: I partnered with Carole P Roman and I received Compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.


  1. I would like to receive the history book about the revolutionary war period.

  2. Can’t wait to check out the living history books. Interested in Ancient Greece or Colonial America.

  3. I would like the American West. We just moved out west and want to learn some of the history.

  4. We would love to have the American West book since that is what we will be studying next

  5. Dotty Guffey says:

    Elizabethan England

  6. Frances Jornov says:

    I would like to receive Colonial America. We live near Williamsburg and Jamestown Virginia. Always enjoy learning more about the settling of America.

  7. I think my children would love the book about the Wild West.

  8. jackie davis says:

    I would love to try Colonial America before I purchase the full set!

  9. Sherri O. says:

    Ancient Greece

  10. Christina says:

    I found history “boring” as a child, but now as an adult, I want to know it all. Is love to make history exciting and come alive for my children now!

  11. Wendy Clark says:

    Colonial America

  12. We would love the Ancient Greece book!

  13. Christy J says:

    I’d like to read the book about Elizabethan England.

  14. American West

  15. Michelle B says:

    I would love the book on Ancient Greece! I hope to take them to visit present day Greece one day too.

  16. Alena Ray says:

    I would love the Ancient Greece book!

  17. These look great would love to have one!

  18. America West!

  19. These look so fun!

  20. Sheila A Stack says:

    ancient greece

  21. Tabitha C says:

    We’d love the If You Were Me and Lived in the American West! My kiddos are obsessed with it!

  22. Colonial America

  23. Agnieszka S says:

    Colonial America

  24. Michelle Tustin says:

    Definitely the Anicent Greece. However Mayan Empire is a super close second!

  25. I think that my kids would enjoy the Colonial America books!

  26. I would like the one on ancient greede

  27. Alecia Blanchard says:

    Colonial America

  28. Mandi Smith says:

    I think the colonial America book would be a great addition

  29. Anne Perry says:

    I would like the Ancient Greece book!

  30. Jennifer VanHorn says:

    Thank you for doing this giveaway!

  31. Machell Duke says:

    I would pick Russia

  32. Colonial America!!

  33. Faye Yarbrough says:

    I would actually love to have any of these. Would like to try with my 13 year old autistic, 9 year old and 7 year old dyslexic. Maybe it would change their minds about reading and history. Thank you for doing this giveaway!

  34. Krissy McLean says:

    We’d love the England one…or the Greece.

  35. Lisa Joy Starr says:

    I would live the one about the Viking Empire.

  36. I’d love to bring history alive for my kids. These tips are great and useful. Visiting historical places and watching documentaries are just fabulous ideas to bring the history alive.

  37. Kathleen P. says:

    I would like the Viking Europe book.

  38. This would be an amazing resource for our homeschool.

  39. Lisa Joy Starr says:

    The Ancient Greece book would be one that we would love to read too.

  40. Michelle H says:

    All of them sound great, but if I’d have to choose I’d say American West.

  41. Hope to check out the whole series.
    Ancient Greece

  42. Hi, I would like the …the Middle Ages book. That would be perfect for our curriculum next year!

  43. Amy Winkle says:

    This sounds like a great series! I’d pick Viking Europe to read first.

  44. Either Colonial America or Ancient Greece

  45. Lisa Joy Starr says:

    My youngest son wants to learn Italian and we have loved learning about the Renaissance period, so the book about Renaissance Italy sounds like it would be fun to read.

  46. Elizabeth says:

    The Viking one or Greece would be cool.

  47. They all look great. I would try the Vikings first.

  48. Abigail F says:

    Colonial America ?

  49. Lisa Joy Starr says:

    One of the first civilizations we learned about was the Mayans. It would be so neat, when my grandkids start homeschooling, to share the Mayan Empire book with them when they learn about this interesting civilization.

    Lisa Joy Starr

  50. Mandy Ferguson says:

    We would love a book on the ancients! We will be studying that time period next year 🙂

  51. What a great way to kick off summer – before we all get next year’s main plans started too. Thanks!

  52. Lisa Joy Starr says:

    We would love to have the book about the American West to use this coming year.

    Lisa Joy Starr

  53. Lisa Joy Starr says:

    The Ancient China book looks like fun!!

    Lisa Joy Starr

  54. As a History geek, all of them sound amazing but my kids would be all about Ancient Greece followed closely by the Mayan Empire.

  55. I have a very reluctant learner and I believe that this series would make it fun for both of us !

  56. Ancient Greece!

  57. I would love to get the Mayan Empire book.

  58. Lisa Joy Starr says:

    Ancient Mali Empire looks interesting.

  59. I’d love the American West! It would line up with what I already have planned for next year. I love the country ones too, to give some personability to geography!

  60. Elizabethan England

  61. Lisa Joy Starr says:

    We will be studying Greek this coming year so the book about living in Ancient Greece would go well with our studies.

    Lisa Joy Starr

  62. I love history MUCH MORE now that I am teaching it. Look forward to browsing your curriculum.

  63. Charisse DeLima says:

    So many good books to pick from it is hard to pick. But I would have to go with the Colonial America to work with this fall.

  64. lindsey hart says:

    we’d love the vikings or colonial america.

  65. Marisa Gallardo says:

    I would like to receive the book about the Middle Ages.

  66. We would love the Colonial America book.

  67. Colonial American. It would be perfect for what we’ll be learning next year.

  68. Colonial America

  69. Would love any of them! Thanks for the giveaway!

  70. Colonial America or Ancient Greece! ?

  71. I would love any of your books. My first choice would be Colonial America, the book about Italy or Poland or any of the country or history books. Too many great ones to choose from!

  72. I would love to win them all because having them would enhance our homeschool!

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