Here are a few fun ways to share small bits of history with your children:
And here are some facts about our presidents that adults may be glad to know:
Ten Fun Facts About Our Presidents
The true inventor of the ice cream cone was Italo Marchiony, not Ernest Hamwi at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis in 1904 as is often reported.
Wheelchairs did not come into common use until the last 150 years, but various forms of them existed before the 1860s. Here's how they were invented:
The baseball catcher's mask was invented by a Harvard student named Fred Thayer in 1878.
Bessie Blount invented a device that helped wounded World War II veterans feed themselves without needing help from others.
Scrabble was the brainchild of an out-of-work architect named Alfred M. Butts.
Gail Borden, Jr., came up with the concept of a milk product that did not require refrigeration. He made it a reality by condensing the milk, and thereby launched a business that we still hear about almost 175 years later.
Elsie the Cow was the highly successful marketing mascot for Borden milk. It was created ad man Stuart Peabody and illustrator Walter Early.
The story of Elmer's Glue is about the creation of a new product but also about the strength of a top-flight marketing campaign.
The shopping cart was invented in the 1930s by Sylvan, Goldman, an Oklahoma grocer who wanted a way to help people buy more in his stores.
Bubble gum was first created by Walter Diemer, an accountant working at the Fleer Chewing Gum Company. The product was sold as Dubble Bubble.
Crayola crayons are remarkable for their market staying power. Here's the story of the two men who created the company that makes them
The Fold-a-way bed was created by Sarah E. Goode who was the first African-American woman to ever receive a patent (1885)
The polygraph--or lie detector machine--was invented by John Larson, an employee of the Berkeley Police Department. However, the device wasn't patented for about 10 years. Holder of the patent was Leonarde Keeler, also from Berkeley.
A time-saving device for curling hair (or straightening very curly hair) was invented in 1928 by Marjorie Stewart Joyner.
On August 24, 1814 (during the War of 1812), British troops enter Washington, D.C. and set the White House on fire. President James Madison and his wife, Dolley, fled before they arrived. Before leaving, Dolley was able to save a full-length portrait of George Washington that hung on the walls of the White House.