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History & History Games for Kids

October 15th, 2009

Recommended Website:
KidsPast.com

Age Range: 8-12 (approximately)

This website is one of many in the totally free KidsKnowIt Network. When you get to the site, use the menu and click on “World History” to access a sort of virtual, interactive textbook containing a variety of articles on topics including:

  • Prehistoric Humans
  • The Rise of Civilizations
  • Middle Eastern Civilizations
  • The Ancient Greeks
  • The Ancient Romans
  • African Civilizations
  • Indian Civilizations
  • Civilization In China
  • The Byzantine Empire
  • The Slavs
  • Islam
  • Medieval Europe
  • The Renaissance
  • The Reformation
  • The American Revolution
  • The French Revolution
  • ~ and much more!

The articles are easy to read, interesting, and enhanced with pictures and illustrations. Note: It may take a minute or two to fully download each chapter – but your patience will pay off. :)

Once you’ve read the articles, use the menu to click on “History Games” and try playing the innovative arcade-style games that help kids retain the history facts and concepts in the articles.

You can also explore “Historical Quotes” from the menu.

KidsKnowIt Network also provides fun history songs that kids may enjoy. Just click on the icon that says, “Play A Song for This Topic,” just below the menu on the left side of the screen.

Have fun!

Free Kids’ World History Textbook & Games

February 26th, 2009

Recommended Website:
KidsPast.com

Age Range: 7-12 (approximately, non-readers will need assistance)

ClickScholar Adrianne recommended this website (sponsored by the fabulous KidsKnowIt Network) that provides a FREE, online world history textbook, games, and historical quotes for kids.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction followed by an icon menu that includes:

  1. ONLINE WORLD HISTORY TEXTBOOK – Click this link and a new page opens to a Table of Contents featuring 20 chapters of world history that includes:
    • The Ancient Greeks
    • The Ancient Romans
    • African Civilizations
    • Indian Civilizations
    • Civilization in China
    • Medieval Europe
    • The Renaissance
    • The Reformation
    • Exploration
    • American Revolution
    • French Revolution
    • And much more!

    Click on any chapter and you can explore a menu of subtitles within it. Each section of every chapter contains kid-friendly text about that era along with interesting pictures, photographs, and illustrations.

  2. HISTORY GAMES – Play 5 interactive arcade games that help kids retain the information they learned in the history textbook section of the site.
  3. HISTORICAL QUOTES – Find quotations from people who have impacted history throughout the ages such as Socrates, Copernicus, Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Winston Churchill, Walt Disney, Oprah Winfrey – and a surprising assortment of other historical figures, authors, philosophers, politicians, and personalities.

Don’t miss clicking on the “Play a Song for this Topic” link in the menu on the left side of the screen. It opens to a page of educational and entertaining songs about history (and many other subjects as well).

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Virtual Field Trip to Paris, France!

July 14th, 2006

Recommended Website:
Virtual Tourist: Paris

July 14th is Bastille Day or French Independence Day. At today’s website you can take a Virtual Field Trip to Paris, France where the Bastille (a prison) was located. Bastille Day is also called Fête Nationale in France. It commemorates the Fête de la Fédération in 1790 that was held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on July 14,1789. The Bastille was a prison and a symbol of the oppressive reign of King Louis the 16th. The storming of the prison by the French people in 1789 marked the beginning of political revolution that eventually changed France from a monarchy to a republic. You can see a painting of the Bastille here: http://www.hightowertrail.com/BASTIL.HTM

You can learn more about Bastille Day and the French Revolution here: http://www.factmonster.com/spot/99bastilleday.html

When you get to today’s featured website you can see pictures of 50 of the most interesting and popular tourist attractions in Paris — all accompanied by text that explains the history behind them. Just use the arrows above the picture to scroll through the presentation that includes the Louvre Museum, the Notre Dame cathedral, the Champs Elysees, the Eiffel Tower, the Sorbonne University, the Place de la Bastille, and much, much more.

Virtual Field Trip to Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum

October 24th, 2003

Recommended Website:
Madame Tussaud’s Exhibition

Madame Tussaud (1761-1850) was a real person whose step-father, a physician, taught her to model anatomical features from wax. She lived through the turmoil of the French Revolution, and through a series of fascinating events became well-known throughout France for her life-like wax figures of famous historical people. At this website, you can read her biography, and see some of the wax images that are now housed in Madame Tussaud’s famous wax museum in London. When you get to the site you will read a welcome message. Then, use the menu on the left side of the screen to explore:

  • Origins & History — read about the life and times of Madame Tussaud and how she came to create wax figures. Note: There is a sort of typo in the introduction here — several paragraphs of text are repeated. Just click the “next” button to continue with the story.
  • Garden Party — an assorted collection of wax replicas of celebrities in the world of entertainment and sports. Click on a name and see a photograph of the wax figure and read a short bio on the person represented.
  • 200 years — see a small sampling of the figures that have been created over Madame Tussaud’s long history including Tom Thumb and Sleeping Beauty.
  • Superstars — a sample of some of the entertainment industry’s prominent figures that have been replicated in wax including actors and pop singers.
  • Grand Hall — view wax figures representing famous historical people including the 6 wives of Henry VIII, Napoleon Bonaparte, Benjamin Franklin, Pablo Picasso, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and more! This is the most educational section of site.
  • Horrors — this depicts some of the most infamous criminals, as well as some of the most horrific yet historical methods of torture used in prisons through time. Parents, as always, are advised to preview to determine whether or not this is appropriate for your children to see.
  • London — wax figures celebrating the history and culture of London.

All of the wax figures represented on this virtual tour are accompanied by text explaining the historical or popular culture significance of the work. The tour is quite educational in nature, but some of the images may be disturbing or inappropriate — especially for young children. Parental discretion — as always — is advised.

The French Revolution — Bastille Day, July 14th

July 10th, 2003

July 14th is Bastille Day, the French equivalent to the United States’ 4th of July. Here are some websites with information about Bastille Day and The French Revolution:

Recommended Websites:

Web Holidays: Bastille Day

This site provides a simple explanation of Bastille Day with hotlinks to bio-portraits of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, as well as a picture of the Bastille prison.There are also links to craft activities and recipes to celebrate Bastille Day that younger children will enjoy.

France Diplomatie Website

This website offers a much more thorough explanation of Bastille Day for older students. When you get to the site you can read an introduction and use the menu at the bottom of the page to learn more about:

  • The French National Anthem, The Marseillaise
  • The French Motto, “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternity” or Libery, Equality and Fraternity.
  • The French Flag
  • The Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen, inspired by the American Declaration of Independence.
  • and more including a Photo Gallery.
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