7 Ways to Turn Kids on to Revolutionary War History (page 2)

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Updated on Jun 22, 2011

6. Play Games

Playing an interactive strategy game is an engaging way to learn more about what went on in those days. Try the American Revolution Battle of Yorktown Diorama Playset. Finally, toy soldiers have always been a fascinating item for the collector in your child. The Revolutionary War American Artillery Figure Set by Imex has a full collection of small action figures. All these items can be purchased on

7. Simplify for a Day (or Week)

Simple games like marbles and hopscotch have occupied many generations of children, including those who lived during the Revolutionary War. Take an afternoon off and pick up Daily Life During the American Revolution for research. Spend the rest of the day with your child reading sections appropriate for them and making a craft or toy. Some examples of easy-to-make toys are a corn husk doll and Cat's Cradle.

Try your hand at making a simple pomander ball. For the pomander ball, take an apple or orange. Poke holes with a fork and insert cloves into each hole, keeping them a clove's width apart. Sprinkle generously with cinnamon powder. Place fruit and leftover powder in a paper bag and allow to dry for a week. To enjoy the warm, homey aroma, place the pomander in a bowl or tie in netting with decorative twine to hang.

Do you need to brush up on knowledge and facts about the war? Check out The American Revolution and the New Nation (1775-1787) for AP US History for a good background of what happened. And how do you make it easy for your child to understand some of the scope of such a big event? Read our article Helping Your Child Learn History for some expert tips.

You can take kids to a museum, make a virtual trip to walk Boston's Freedom Trail or try some of our activities. Either way, have a fun and educational 4th of July!

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