Preserving personal memories provides us with new perspectives on our own lives and so does learning about historical figures and events. That’s why we here at Arkiver decided to put together some games to help you create fun family memories while also learning about America’s history this 4th of July.
1. Loyalist vs Patriot Water-Balloon Fight
Half the balloons are red, the other half are blue. Give the kids a quick overview of the fight for independence, then let them pick their sides and fight it out on the “battlefield.” It may not have a historically accurate ending, but at least they’re having fun!
2. Matching Revolutionary Figures
Print cards with pictures of significant actors in the Revolution on them and separate cards with what each figure is known for. Cut the cards out and mix them up, with both the picture and description face-up. Have the kids match them up to learn about our Founding Fathers and other influential revolutionary leaders. If you want to add a level of competition, they can race to see who is quickest to make the matches. Here are some examples to get you started:
If your kids are a little younger, here’s a link to a printable memory game that will help them learn to identify the faces of the founding fathers.
3. Scavenger Hunt + Road-Map
What kid doesn’t love a scavenger hunt? Here’s how you can easily create one using the timeline of the American Revolution.
- Download and print the map and the clue and answer cards
- Set up the objects associated with around the house in easy-to-find areas. Place the answer on or next to each household object:
- Stamp Act: Stamps
- Tea Party: Tea Bags
- Lexington & Concord: Concord Grape Juice
- Delaware River: Bath
- Flag: Flag
- Give each participant a map and then the first clue
- Once they find the object, the participant can fill in the answer on the blue circle on their map and come back to you for the next clue. E.g. the answer to Clue One is “Stamp,” so stamp would be written on the blue circle.
- Hand the kids the second clue and repeat the process. Finally, the map has an X, which is where a treat awaits! Perhaps these patriotic ice cream cones?
- After the scavenger hunt is done, you can review what the clues meant in terms of history (e.g. the stamps represent the Stamp Act, which means…)
Let us know if you try any of these ideas or if you have any other fun games!