Studies have shown that children with a good knowledge of history tend to do better in school. History can assist children in developing writing skills and even public speaking skills because learning about the past can help getting opinions and ideas across with greater clarity. It can also help them excel in fields such as law or public administration as they progress through their education.
A good understanding of American history leads to a better understanding of the country. Children comprehend the development of national institutions and trends. Learning American history also helps them develop a sense of national identity. As they find out about the victories of the American Revolutionary War, children acquire a sense of national belonging. American history games can tell the national story and drive home an understanding of our national values.
Another fun and informative way to learn about the United States is the American Trivia Junior (ages 9 and up), a board game with trivia questions. But unlike most other trivia games, this one features mostly knowledge-based content. The questions promote useful learning and strengthen what children learn at school.
Settlers of America Trails to Rails (ages 8 and up) is a fun board game that can get your child inspired and interested in the history of the Old West. Children build railroad and cities as they head west. The artwork is very attractive. Overall, a great way to get kids to enjoy US history and the Old West theme.
If you are looking for North American games for kids, we also recommend this website:http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/northamerica/before1500/games, it provides information about games played in North America. It is also a great kids' encyclopedia, that kids can use for school reports or for homeschooling!
For activities on American history for kids, visit also this website: http://www.havefunwithhistory.com/activities/index.html