Turn History into Fun and Excitement

We have all heard the saying history is important, and defines our times. But, how much are cobwebs, dusty old books, dates and grumpy old men really fun? Well… Not so much.

However, once you take out the dates, and grumpy old men, and focus your attention on history that you find interesting and that’s really important it can really be fun and exciting. And if you add an awesome way of learning into the equation, stepping back in time can be a real mind-blowing experience for just about anyone!

Define Your Interests about History

What makes your buttons tick? What are your interests? History has it all! If your fall under music, fashion, art, sports, even something as specific as video games, or mundane as everyday life, history covers all those aspects of life. Also, some periods are more fascinating than others, so brushing up on each one can let you discover the period that tingles your imagination.

Finally, try and focus on what really matters. Boring men, events and dates are not what makes history great, but the impact they and it had on the contemporary world.

Read and Listen to History

Have you noticed how modern pop culture draws its inspiration from history? Finding this fusion of contemporary and ancient, you might want to create a book club. Exploring history through fiction and non-fiction, can be a fascinating way of exploring different tales, emotions and experiences both real, and inspired by important events.

The same goes with music. Not only does each period has its own soundtrack, but pop songs also draw themes from historical events and people.

A New Video Approach

When in doubt about how much history can be fun and interesting, turn to YouTube. Shows that incorporate historical facts like Epic Rap Battles of History, are spectacularly engaging and hysterical ways of learning history. Featuring important historical figures dissing each other on the mic – what’s cooler than that?

But there are also shows like Crash Course in World History, that in just 10 minutes give you the importance of historical events, with a few dates, but also their impact on today’s world, as well.

Play Around with History

If you’re a gamer, there is no better way of falling for history than through a great game. Learning about Greek mythology and history as a child, there is no better way than enjoying an interactive historical learning game like CRYPTIds

On the other hand, older gamers will adore spying around on medieval warlords and bishops in the Assassin’s Creed series, while others may like being on the front line in Normandy with Call of Duty. Your love of games just might spark a thirst for knowledge and get you interested in the stories behind the game.

History Field Trip

History is also a tangible thing, and going to a museum can be your chance to see history with your own eyes. Listen to your guide and the stories behind the weapons, clothes, books, and everyday objects, will unleash your imagination and make history come alive.

Also, go to your grandparents. There’s nothing better than hearing about history from someone who was actually there, and how major historical events affected their lives. You can also learn about your family through the ages, and even get a chance to dress up in some original clothes from that time.

History + Parties = Fun!

Party up with history! When talking about dressing up, there is no better way to experience something fun and exciting like making a history-themed party. You can read up on the different styles, foods, and drinks of the period and party in a number of ways. Not only that, but come next Halloween you will have an amazing costume which everyone will love.

At the end of the day history is embedded into everything around you, all you need to do is to look towards a different and novel way of looking it. Once you come up with your own personal view of history, you will definitely establish a fun and exciting relationship that will amaze you each time.

The Toys (Hi)Story

For ages, dolls were favorite toy selection among the girls, while boy’s choice was balls or marbles. Over the time, both, the children’s choice and the toys have changed.  It is an undeniable fact that the toys have developed throughout history, and here is a brief story about that.

There are some beliefs that the yo-yo is one of the oldest toys that still exist today and that it was created 1000 years BC. It was primarily created as a weapon for hunting. Personally, I don’t see how a yo-yo can be used as an effective hunting tool, although people throughout history were convinced that the first purpose of the yo-yo was to be used as a weapon.

Of course, children were playing with toys long before the yo-yo was invented. In tribal societies, girls were making dolls (strange looking dolls) and the boys were making and playing with bows and arrows. Children were playing with the mud, twigs and stones and they were making little houses and animal figures. A reflection of the original understanding of play and toys can be seen today: in addition to so many pricy action figures and video games, many kids still prefer to play in sand and mud.

If you were a kid in ancient Greece and you wanted to play ball, you would have to do that with an inflated pig bladder. Inflated pig bladder as a toy, was "popular" among some kids even in the 20th century.

Development of the toys that resemble today's toys we tie to the medieval Ages. During that period, first dolls that look cute appeared; also kids of that period played with animal figurines, board games, hoops, kites, etc ... Cup and ball was as popular in the middle ages as the Playstation and Wii are today.

The 20th century, especially its second half, is characterized by a huge technological development that had a great impact on a toy industry. Consumer society, the cult of Christmas gifts and Santa Claus combined with modern technological achievements, whose typical products are video games and computers, has led toys to a place that earlier generations couldn’t even dream of.

Cheap plastic, metal and electricity of the 20th century, have brought us toy’s “all stars” like: Lego, skateboard, Mr. Potato Head, Barbie doll, Action Man, Roller blades, Rubik's cube, Slinky and many more.

With more access to technology and digital devices than ever before, children of the 21st century are savvy, sophisticated and tech-oriented, and their toys are too. Technology affects not only the fact that toys are more sophisticated but they are becoming increasingly more available. You can find any toy you want online at any time, order it, and in a few days it will be at the address you choose.

The appearance of today's toys is far advanced, not only in comparison to the Middle Ages, but also to the 20th century. For example, I'm a huge Super Mario fan and I collect everything: Super Mario games, t-shirts, figures, key chains, etc ... When I compare today's Super Mario figures (check out Davey Boys Toys, for example) with those made in 1990's, figures from 20th century looks like they have been made by a trained Labrador compared to these made in the past couple of years.

As far as the toy development is in question, it should be noted that, despite technological progress, mud, sand, balls and dolls throughout history have always found their way on the list of the top 10 favorite toys.


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