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Horrible Histories, History for Kids!

Updated on March 22, 2011

Horrible Histories for Kids?!

Horrible Histories is both a show here in the UK as well as a set of books sold around the world. The horrible histories range aims to engage kids in their history lessons by making it interesting. Horrible Histories goes into all the brutal details of history that gets kids attention (big kids too!).

The horrible histories show uses facts through out history for their comedy sketches and musical videos. I work with kids so know about the books because they are very popular in the primary schools here in the UK (primary school is similar to grade school in the US, before middle/high school).

I had actually seen bits of the show here and there, when recording another show that catches the tail end of horrible histories for example. I did think it looked like it would be good telly when I have kids who want to watch telly, but didn't sit down and watch it myself.

Recently my husband and I both heard several of our favorite comedians talking about the show and the awards it has received and thought it might be for bigger kids too, like us. 

Horrible Histories

It has taken us no time at all to become hooked on horrible histories for all our history lesson needs. The gory details that appeal to small children (gross things used to heal injuries, or stories of cannibalism etc.) also appeal to my husband and I. Horrible histories hits the nail on the head in terms of finding the most shocking fact tidbits.

I just love the various hostipal skits, where an injured person is freaked out by some historically accurate 'doctor' saying how they will treat the injury (from cutting off a limb that has a small injury to trepanning, cutting a hole in the skull). These sorts of details are exactly what would have ignited a passion for history when I was a kid.

This is most certainly one of those shows that kids today are lucky to have and will likely be remembered as a childhood favorite by tons of kids today. If you have kids or are a really just a big kid yourself then you really should check this show out!

Horrible Histories Online

In writing this hub I wanted to give some great links for any reader to use if they decided they want to watch this show but I have found some difficulty. Unfortunately the DVD's on the market at the time of writing this are all in regions outside of the US, and since the US is such a huge market this seems a real problem.

I went searching for solutions and what I found as a legitimate solution is to find a streaming version of the show. The only legitimate solution I could find is to watch it streaming with 'Discovery Education Streaming' and I will include a link at the bottom of the page. My only frustration is that this is a member site and as I am not a member I cannot verify that they do in fact have every episode streaming. I read on several forum posts around the net that this is the way to watch the show legitimately in the US outside of watching on cable TV.

The slightly less legitimate option would be to buy the DVD and play on a computer set up for another region or to play all regions. I don't recommend this because of copy write laws but my personal feeling is if you paid for the DVD you should be able to watch it no matter where you are in the world (one of my biggest pet peeves in the downloading TV controversy). 

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    • Joy56 profile image

      Joy56 

      5 years ago

      My grandson Reuben loves horrible histories, and i love it now too. It is so educational, informative and most of all funny..... loved the hub......

    • kirstenblog profile imageAUTHOR

      kirstenblog 

      7 years ago from London UK

      CMHypno - I agree, anything that gets kids into reading has got to be a good thing, I personally extend that sentiment to history as well, anything that gets kids into history has got to be a good thing as well. Growing up I thought history was boring, if I knew then what I know now I wonder if I would have developed an ambition to study history and find a niche there to want to work in in adult life. I would love to be one of those people who works out what artifacts are a sign of in regards to how people lived in the ancient past for instance. I figure anything that ignites a passion in a person for a subject like history is good because of the ambition it might give :)

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      CMHypno 

      7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      My nephew loves these Horrible Histories books, and I think that any books that can get kids reading about history are great!

    • kirstenblog profile imageAUTHOR

      kirstenblog 

      7 years ago from London UK

      Hey Frog Prince, having fun while learning, history no less?!?! Who'd have thunk it! I do look back at how boring history was growing up and think, I would have memorised eveery line to every song here and thus known what happened to Bodiccia et all. I guess there could be an alternate reality where history was fun and interesting, and I realised this as a kid and not in my 30's! :P

      Eiddwen - Glad you enjoyed it! I hope the video's gave you a good giggle :)

    • Eiddwen profile image

      Eiddwen 

      7 years ago from Wales

      A great hub and totally unique. Thank you for sharing and take care

      Eiddwen.

    • The Frog Prince profile image

      The Frog Prince 

      7 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Good morning from America. What a novel idea - actually teaching history then being creative about it.

      I just want our teachers/administrators, et al to begin to once again start teaching history and stick to the facts when they do.

      Well done and up and awesome.

      The Frog Prince

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