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Monday, July 1, 2013

Gettysburg for Kids

I have some pretty creative and cool friends.  The following idea is not mine, and I had no part in coming up with any of the activities.  My kids and I just attended and had a blast.  All credit goes to my friend Amber for putting together this fun kids activity.

The Battle of Gettysburg  was fought July 1–3, 1863, in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania between Union and Confederate forces during the American Civil War.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, so what better time to commemorate and learn more about it.

My friend invited several families over to learn more about the history behind the Battle of Gettysburg in a fun way.

The kids dressed as Union soldiers and had some 'old time' pictures taken.
 The Babes took her job of not smiling pretty serious and is quite tough looking in her photo.   

There were various activities for the kids to do including letter writing with quill pens using berry juice for ink.
As well as getting a taste of what the soldiers would have eaten:  dried meat, cold peas, kidney beans and hard tack (cracker).  

Other games included:  pin the beard on Lincoln, memory match, and making a stretcher.
The 3 and under crowd had fun playing outside in the sandbox while all these indoor activities were going on.

Oh, and in case you are not familiar with the story of why Abe Lincoln grew a beard, you can check THIS out to find out how an 11 yr old girl influenced him to do so.

After all the activities were completed, the trumpet was played and then it was time to reenact the battle with water balloons.  Once the kids ran out of water balloons, they went on to use water guns.  

This activity was a fun way for the kids to learn more about the history behind the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg.  Thanks, Amber, for planning this - you are amazing!

Anyone else have some fun ways to teach kids about history and/or the Battle of Gettysburg?

Thanks for stopping by,