These ‘Horrible Histories’ books are how I learnt about history growing up.
Like many kids, I didn’t like (or see the point of) learning history in middle school.
Then my mum went and bought the Horrible Histories boxset and I could not put them down.
Horrible Histories is a series of illustrated history books published in the United Kingdom by Scholastic. They are designed to get children interested in history by concentrating on the unusual, gory, or unpleasant.
The books manage to spark and hold interest, making it the perfect series for middle school children aged 8+ who are starting to learn about world history at school.
The books are a mixture of facts, quizzes and stories with funny illustrations and cartoons sharing information about food, clothing, everyday life, rulers, wars, health, beliefs and entertainment.
The illustrations and humour are what encourage the kids to continue reading. The Horrible Histories will have your kids laughing out loud, cringing and saying ‘EWWWWWWW’. All whilst learning a wealth of information about the everyday life in different time periods.
This site has reviews of the individual books in the series
The books are available individually (you could pick just one that is relevant to their study at school) and also in various sized box sets from most online book retailers.
Visit the Horrible Histories website http://horrible-histories.co.uk/ to explore their bookshop, games and online tv series!
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There’s an Easter egg hunt at the Jardins Renoir!
The mission is to collect 5 eggs of the same colour. They are hidden in the flowers, trees and shrubs around the gardens. You will have to search through the different gardens of the museum from the beautiful covered first garden to the panorama of the vineyards of Clos Montmarte and continue on to the swing that Auguste Renoir immortalized in his paintings.
Take part in the ateliers, animations and, of course, chocolate eating!
Find out more about the Musée de Montmarte by visiting their site : https://museedemontmartre.fr/chasse-aux-oeufs-2019/
Dates : Sunday 21st April + Monday 22nd April
Times : 11h30 – 17h
It is open for children aged 2-12years and is FREE.
For parents / adults : 12Euros
Location : It will take place at Musée de Montmarte
12, rue Cortot
Ticket Reservation : You must reserve your spots in advance. You can do so by clicking the link below.
Dont forget to bring a basket with you!
Jardins Renoir too far from home? Sortiraparis have very kindly put together a list of the best egg hunts in Paris and Ile de France! Check out the link below to find the closest one to you!
Not for you ? Why not create your own Easter Egg Hunt around the house?
Grab yourself some mini chocolate eggs and hide them around the house. Make it a bit more exciting by giving the kids clues to follow. Here are some printables for you!
What kid doesn’t love to hear about Ancient Egypt?
It’s a subject that fascinates children (and adults) of all ages.
From now until September, Toutankhamon and his treasure is in Paris giving us the opportunity to discover the history and life of the most famous Pharaoh.
On November 4, 1922, British archaeologist Howard Carter made an extraordinary discovery in the Valley of the Kings. He uncovered the tomb of Toutankhamon, Pharaoh of the XVIII Egyptian Dynasty in the 14th century BC.
This immersive exhibition celebrates the discovery of Toutankhamon and his royal tomb by bringing together 150 objects that were unearthed. 50 of these are traveling for the first and last time outside of Egypt.
Tickets are selling out FAST as after this tour all the treasure will return to a museum in Egypt to become a permanent collection.
Get yourself on the site and book ASAP for your chance to visit this amazing expo.
Prepare for your visit by reading (from my personal favourite kids series)
Horrible Histories by Terry Deary
‘Awful Egyptians’ and/or ‘Awesome Egyptians’
These illustrated history books aim to get kids interested in history by focusing on the gory and unusual facts. They have been a hit for over 20 years! (Recommended to children aged 8+)
If you haven’t read them yet, you can get your hands on a box set from amazon.
Let me know what you think! Also check out the other books on our recommended reading list.