5 Ways to Celebrate Women’s History Month with Your Kids

March is Women’s History Month, and if you’re looking to celebrate with your kids, there are plenty of age appropriate ways to do so. Here are a few of our favorite activities that will help your little ones learn about some of the influential women who have shaped our country’s history:

Make A Game Of It

Put their knowledge to the test using a quiz from the National Women’s History Project. You can award a prize to the person who lands the top score.

circa 1961: Children playing games in front of the fire. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

 

Watch A Movie About Influential Women

No matter what areas interest your kids, there are plenty of movies to choose from. This includes titles like A League of Their Own and The Rosa Parks Story. After the movie, have a discussion about what they learned and how the woman or women depicted in the film shaped the world.

Steel Magnolias - Official Trailer (1989)

This is the official trailer of "Steel Magnolias", a comedy-drama film based on a 1987 play by Robert Harling. © 1989 TriStar Pictures, Inc. All rights reserved. No copyright infringment is intended or implied and all rights of the film are courtesy of TriStar Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

 

 

Creative & Make Portraits Of Famous Women

Break out the crayons and markers, print out some portraits for inspiration, and encourage your kids to make artwork that pays tribute to famous women in history, such as Shirley Chisholm, Sally Ride, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, or Martha Graham.

U.S. Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, 1973. Chisholm was the first black woman elected to the U.S. Congress and the first woman to run for president in 1971. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

 

 

Write A Story In Her Voice

If your child is an aspiring writer, have her create a story from the point of view of a famous woman from the past. What would a typical day be like for her? What would she be thinking or feeling? What would she like to eat? What would her friends be like?

Dr Maya Angelou speaks at The Women In Film and Hallmark Channel Reception honoring Dr. Maya Angelou, November 15, 2005 at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences , Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katy Winn/Getty Images)

 

 

Step Into Florence Nightingale’s World

The founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale cared for wounded soldiers. Little ones can imagine what she was like by playing nurse to their “injured” dolls or stuffed animals.

May 1916: A statue of Florence Nightingale in Waterloo Place, London, decorated with flowers. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

 

Lauren Levine is a freelance writer who has contributed to publications and websites including The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, Bustle, Thought Catalog, The Charlotte Observer, U.S. News & World Report, and others. She’s also the co-host of The Margarita Confessionals podcast. Say hi on Twitter, @lifewithlauren1.