How to Teach Kids History Of India?

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India’s history is truly mesmerizing! From ancient civilizations, religions, different conquerors, and colonization, there’s so much to discover from over 4500 years of the past.

Now, if you want to teach the history of India to kids, Particularly to preschoolers, kindergarteners, and kids in primary school, What would you tell them? Well,  I have a Super cool list of things that you can start with!

This blog isn’t for kids who already learn history in school. It’s more like a fun guide to give little ones a quick peek into what India was like long ago.

Ready to dive in? Let’s go!

History of India for kids

Indus Valley Civilization (3300–1300 BCE)

    • Teach them about one of the world’s earlier civilizations.
    • Introduce the ancient city of Mohenjo-daro, Harappa and its advanced drainage system.
    • Talk about their unique writing system, called the Indus script.
    • Explain that most of the cities were slowly abandoned.

Vedic Period (1500–500 BCE)

  • Teach that Indo-Aryans arrived from Central Asia
  • They composed the sacred Vedas and established the caste system.
  • Talk about what were the 4 castes and what was their Job.

Maurya and Gupta Empires (322 BCE to 550 AD)

      • Explore the story of Ashoka, the emperor who embraced Buddhism and promoted nonviolence.
      • Highlight the achievements in science, mathematics, and art during the Gupta Empire.

Mughal Empire (12th to 18th century)

    • Share stories of Akbar’s inclusiveness and how he welcomed people from different cultures and religions.
    • Discuss the architectural wonders like the Taj Mahal and Red Fort.
    • Learn the Monuments of India.
    • Make the Red Fort Craft

European Invasion (17th century)

  • Share stories of how the hunt for Indian spices led to European arrival in India
  • Tell that the Europeans – Portuguese, Dutch, and British established trading posts in India.
  • Learn the Names of Indian spices

Colonial Period and Independence (1757–1947)

    • Explain how British influence grew, leading to British colonial rule.
    • Explain the peaceful resistance led by Mahatma Gandhi and his ideas of nonviolence.
    • Describe the struggles during British rule, including the Salt March.
    • Discuss the significance of India’s independence in 1947.
    • Talk about the warrior queen Rani Lakshmibai and her courage.
    • Learn about the Freedom Fighters.

Modern India (1947 to present)

    • Post-independence, India adopted its constitution, becoming a sovereign nation.
    • Talk about the diversity of languages, religions, and regions in India.
    • Mention Economic Growth and Challenges.
    • Highlight India’s achievements in space exploration, technology, and entertainment.

Check out this informative video that presents the entire history using maps and a delightful voiceover. It’s tailor-made for kids, making it easy for them to grasp and enjoy the journey through time.

Remember to use age-appropriate language and engaging activities like colouring, crafts, and interactive games to make learning about Indian history enjoyable for kids.

I hope this Blog on how to teach the History of India to Kids was Helpful!

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