Fun Facts About the American Revolution for Kids

There are so many cool things to learn about American History. It’s a fascinating subject to dive into with your homeschoolers this summer as we prepare for Independence Day. Whether you’re covering the history of the American Revolution as part of a state requirement or following your child’s interest, there’s all kinds of fun to be had!

I can’t wait to share with you some of the fun facts about the American Revolution we have discovered here at The Waldock Way to get you started on your learning journey this summer. Plus, there are plenty of fun and engaging activities and resources you can use to teach your homeschoolers all about America and her history along with some fun printables just for you.

Learning About The American Revolution

Do you remember learning about the American Revolution as a kid? I remember learning to say the Pledge of Allegiance and sing the Star Spangled Banner. I even recall an especially fun field trip to a revolutionary battle field where we pretended to be soldiers for a day.

There’s a lot to learn about the American Revolution and the road to our nation’s birth and, as always, there is more than one side to the story. I’ve been working to help Emily learn all about the American Revolution and our nation’s history with fun activities, games, and great books too. 

15 Fun Facts About The American Revolution

Learning fun facts about historic events and time periods is a great way to get your kids engaged in the lesson and help bring history to life for them. Check out these fun facts about the American Revolution for starters.

  1. The first shot fired in the American Revolution was called “the shot heard ‘round the world.”
  2. John Adams, who would later become the second president of the United States, defended British soldiers involved in the Boston Massacre.
  3. George Washington, our first president, dropped out of school at age 14.
  4. Other countries like France, Germany, and Spain were involved in fighting the American Revolution.
  5. Colonists who fought with the British were known as Tories and Loyalists.
  6. Native Americans fought on the side of the British during the American Revolution.
  7. More soldiers died from disease during the Revolutionary War than from actual combat.
  8. The Declaration of Independence doesn’t actually use the word “independence” at all.
  9. The Treaty of Paris in 1783 marked the official end of the Revolutionary War.
  10. George Washington demanded the entire Continental Army of the United States be vaccinated against smallpox.
  11. Secret spies known as the Culper Spy Ring uncovered British troop movements and plans for the colonists.
  12. Women worked as spies during the American Revolution.
  13.  Deborah Sampson was a patriot woman who dressed up as a man in order to fight in combat.
  14. The Continental Navy was established in 1775 to attack British war ships and merchant ships.
  15. George Washington and his men used invisible ink to send messages to one another.

Additional Learning Resources For The American Revolution

Once your kids are excited about discovering all there is to learn about the American Revolution, you can incorporate games, books, and more ideas for learning American history too. Grab my American Revolution printable to get started learning and having fun with your kids this summer. Then, check out some of our favorite American History resources below:

So what’s your favorite way to teach kids about the American Revolution? Share your favorite homeschool resources and activities in the comment section. We can’t wait to check them out here at The Waldock Way!