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History for Kids: 5 Fun Ways to Learn About the Past (page 2)

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Updated on Sep 17, 2013

Attend a historical reenactment

There are two types of historical reenactments: battles and living history events. Battles can be very exciting, as costumed reenactors stage mock warfare. These range in size from tiny local events with just a few participants on each side to full-scale reenactments on or near the sites where actual battles were fought, involving thousands of foot soldiers, cannon crews and horse-mounted cavalry. They can, however, be somewhat frightening for young or sensitive children. Living history events, on the other hand, focus more on the peaceful side of history. At these events you'll get to tour camps where reenactors spend the whole weekend cooking, eating, working, playing and even sleeping as our ancestors would have done. If you want to get a real feel for history, look for a "timeline" event, where reenactors portray anything from Roman gladiators or Viking warriors to soldiers from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War II and the Vietnam War.

Once you've exposed your young one to the fun side of history, don't be surprised if he develops a taste for more! He may not request hardtack for breakfast or a suit of chain mail for Christmas, but he's sure to have a new appreciation for history once he learns it's not so boring after all.

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