Automobile Racing became popular in the 1920s.
France is the home of the first car races. A Paris newspaper actually organized the first race in 1894, the Paris-Rouen Rally. The race started in Paris and ended in Rouen.
In 1903, there was a race from Paris, France to Madrid, Spain. I am sorry to tell you that several people were killed and the race was stopped before the cars left France.
After the terrible deaths, plans were made to race on a circuit, or track. The Grand Prix started in France.
The United States, in 1908, was the second country to host a car race. At first, French cars always won the race, but by the end of the 1920s, Italian cars started winning (Alfa Romeo and Maserati).
It became quite trendy to join the spectators at a big race. Race car drivers were larger-than-life heroes.
As we're learning about car racing, let's have some hands-on-fun!
If you are studying the 1920s, what could be more fun than to have our own Grand Prix? Or at least a big race!
Now, I don't recommend drag racing. Instead, how about building a large track in your yard and racing smaller cars. That was our original plan.
However, things went arrive with the building, so we opted for several racing games with smaller tracks. The kids loved it!
It was fun to see preschoolers up to high school seniors laughing and having fun together. Better yet, learning together about the 20th Century.
When we study history, we have history labs where we do something fun that helps us to get a little taste of life in the time period we were studying. This was our 20th Century Transportation Lab for the 1920s. Everyone had fun from the youngest to the oldest!
HIS Story of the 20th Century is an amazing resource for learning more about world history in the 20th Century. You can purchase HIS Story of the 20th Century on Amazon and the E-book at PayHip. The accompanying workbook, HIS Story of the 20th Century High School Workbook is available at Amazon and the E-book at PayHip.
Have bright beautiful days learning with your children.