Back to School at FamilyEducation.com
|

Historical Tours

For: Kids 8 to 12

Anybody can study history. But it takes an enterprising young historian, like your child, to give scholarly driving tours of your hometown -- the way it looked years and years in the past.

There are two variations of this activity. In the first, your child studies (using books that are available at the local library) the history of your city or town. Your hometown historian can jot down the buildings, people, and events that happened, as well as the associated dates and years. For example, your child might note the year the first house in your hometown was built and the names of its original owners, or the dates on which the schools in your city or town were established.

Then, next time you're stuck in traffic, your child can take you and other family members on an historical tour of your hometown. He or she can point out the historically-significant places, and answer any questions "sightseers" have. (Truly ambitious scholars might also expand their notes into a homemade history book about your city or town so your family will have all the important facts on file even after the trip.)

In the second variation, your child can give "driving tours" based on his or her knowledge of historical periods. You name the time -- say, a hundred, a thousand, or twenty thousand years ago -- and your young historian takes you and other "time travelers" on a driving tour of your hometown as it looked then. He or she describes the buildings, people, trees, and so on from that time period, and points out the differences between that time period and now. Who knows -- you might be surprised to return to the present and find out that dinosaurs are extinct!

More on: History

|


stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

get ready for school!

We’ve got your
shopping list,
lunch menu,
and more.

GO

highlights

Handwriting Headquarters
We've got handwriting practice worksheets, handwriting tips, and answers to your child's writing struggles, just in time for back to school. Brought to you by BIC.

11 Coolest Lunch Boxes for Kids
Send your child's lunch to school in style! Check out our picks for the 11 best lunch boxes with great features from BPA-free accessories to spill-resistant fabric.

7 Important Back-to-School Safety Tips
Follow these back-to-school safety tips to make sure your child stays safe on the way to school, in the classroom, and while on the playground.

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

Join BIC on our mission to save handwriting and Fight For Your Write! Writing helps kids become better readers, boosts their confidence and sparks their creativity. Visit BICFightForYourWrite.com to sign our petition to save handwriting!