Beginning with easy homeschool history games early develops a love for the past. History is my favorite subject. Every time we go on vacation, visiting a museum or something that relates to our history is part of the agenda. I want my boys’ to love learning about the past, so I start early. We read a lot, see a lot, and play games through history.
Learning about the past is a bonding experience. Nothing is more fun than recounting a vacation or family event from previous years. Pictures and memorabilia brings together everyone who was or wasn’t present.
Going to visit the past is great, and there are many ways to make it educational and fun with easy homeschool history games. Create easy hands on activities for shorter attention spans.
Easy Homeschool Building Games
Part of my history is learning how a war scene or historical event occurred. So, for instance if we are examining how a pioneer would build homes, out come Jenga blocks or any blocks and we build a house.
We may build a fort that was mentioned from the early settlers or pilgrims where whoever gets it in a certain amount of time, or can rename the fort wins. Whatever it is, we use a hands on technique with our lessons.
History Games of Review
Next, we review. My kids love to play review games, so I will make up about 20 questions with the answers. We go outside and draw a tic tac toe board. Then, we enjoy reviewing our history lesson. The games can be very simple, not hard to make up at all.
Another fun review games is answering questions while passing around a beach ball. Reviewing can get wild, but it is one of the favorite ways we have to review.
In addition to the others I have mentioned is hopscotch. I either write a historical date on different blocks and we work through a timeline with facts, or I have questions and as they work their way down the board we review. Mix it up or change it, but have fun with the game.
Explore History by Interests
History holds a key to those who came before us. Finding out what part of history is interesting in homeschool sets the stage for later learning. I teach history from an early age until they leave our home.
One child may like the wars, one may like presidents’, while another may hold an extreme interest in the entire timeline. Searching for what they may like, then occasionally adding in books or activities like this will encourage a love for this subject.
For me, I am so glad that I chose to introduce my love of history to my children early. As we tour famous locations around our country, play games and building forts allows for a bond.
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Enjoyed this, Michelle, especially your heart behind these games as developing a love for the past. I’m passing this along to my niece who homeschools. Visiting from Inspire Me Monday.
Thank you. Games have become my favorite planning element to homeschool.