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Sometimes when history is presented in such a relevant manner,
you encounter a teen who cannot get enough of
Homeschooling high school gives us plenty of opportunities to
make history come alive.
This list is for the teen who adores history- Crazy Awesome Gifts for Your History Loving Teen.
Books & Magazines for Your History Loving Teen
The sky is the limit when it comes to books on history.
The trick is picking up the excellent ones.
Some of our favorite authors of history are David McCullough, Stephen Ambrose, and Joseph Ellis.
Here are a few of our special favorites:
- Air & Space Magazine– from the Smithsonian is all things aviation and space travel oriented with a great deal of history on the topic. You can also get the Kindle version which is perfectly read on a tablet.
- Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
- Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence
- John Adams
- Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life, and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt
- Band of Brothers
- Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
If you find a good author of history,
you’ve got it made.
It’s a gift to bring non-fiction to life.
History loving teens,
could read on their favorite topic forever.
Audio Gifts for Your History Loving Teen
Opportunities for teens to hear about history are abounding.
In places like
and radio channels.
This is a list of tools and content ideas for your audio loving teen.
Kindle Fire– an economical entry into the world of tablets for teens who don’t have phones or other personal electronic devices. Bonus- this can do both video and audio!
10 Best Podcasts for Your Inquisitive Teen– a list of the best podcasts for listening on your new Kindle!
Audible Membership– Hands down one of the best tools for our homeschooling high school!
Audible Channels– These are free for Amazon Prime members and offer a variety of narrative stories and clips. We love the Genius Dialogues which are features about MacArthur Genius Grant winners and their stories.
The Great Courses– available through Audible as well as other sources often focus on particular topics in history.
Audios are one of my favorite ways to learn new topics.
They are a convenient way to take learning on the go
and to take advantage of otherwise wasted time.
It’s never been easier to listen in and broaden your world.
Video Gifts for Your History Loving Teen
The options for historical videos are almost endless.
So, I’ll share a few of our favorites or popular movies.
- John Adams– an HBO mini series based on the book by David McCullough
- Band of Brothers– classic show based on the book by Stephen Ambrose
- Darkest Hour
Games for Your History Loving Teen
Games for history lovers are common.
Find your history person’s favorites
and play on!
Axis & Allies– a big game of WWII strategy similar to Risk. But way longer!
Axis & Allies Air Force Miniatures: Bandits High– The starter set comes with both U.S. and enemy air craft and puts them in air battles.
- Timeline: Inventions– Timeline is a game where you build a time line by taking turns and guessing when events took place. We have several favorite editions!
- Timeline: Science & Discoveries
- Timeline: American History
- Timeline: Americana
- Memoir 44– Historical World War II battle game where you control troops and set up the board according to the objective of the original battle. The base game comes with 17 scenarios to play through. This is a two player game.
- Memoir 44 Equipment Pack– allows you to play additional scenarios
- Mediterranean Pack– out of print right now, but watch for it to come back!
- Memoir 44 Air Pack– available as a digital download because the original is out of print
There are more editions to some of these games.
I’m pretty sure we have all the versions of Memoir 44.
We had to wait until some came back into print.
The wait was worth it.
We can now play through epic battles,
in every scenario,
with the right equipment and
The joy of watching my history loving teen play and narrate his way through each game…
More Gift Posts for Homeschooling High School
If you want to find more gifts that speak to your teen’s heart, give these a try.
- 10 (or so) Best Tinkering Gifts for your Inventor– a younger version of a similar list including books, kits, and building sets. Oh my goodness the cuteness in that tinkerer’s face!
- Perfect Gifts for a Cartographer– One of the things my teens love to make is a map. This is a compilation of our favorite map making tools.
- Gifts for Kids Who Love to Sew– Both our boys and our girl love to sew and, of course, our daughter is now an apparel design student so we are partial to sewing tools of all sorts!
- Inspiring Tools for a Nature Artist– The big list of our favorite nature art supplies
- Tools for the Watercolor Artist– Do you have an art maker in your midst? Try this set of supplies!
Those who love history,
Enjoy browsing these history finds!
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