Here are some things you can do now, that children and families did in the 1940s!
The name comes from the combination of the Danish leg godt, which means to “play well.” Don´t forget to check out their Timeline!
» Silly Putty
From its origins in a scientist´s laboratory in 1943 and its introduction to the world in 1950, the fun and colorful history is one for the books!
» The Lone Ranger
During the 1940s, the Lone Ranger was one of the most widely listened to radio shows.
» Superman: The Complete History
In 1938, Superman flexed his way into the American consciousness, and the first-ever super hero was born.
» Wonder Woman: The Complete History
In 1941, a Harvard-trained psychologist with a law degree and a Ph.D. assumed a pseudonym and began writing comic books.
What did you do in the war, Grandma?
An Oral History of Rhode Island Women during World War II. Written by students in the Honors English Program at South Kingstown High School.
BBC: Children of World War 2
Find out what life was like for British children growing up in the Second World War (1939-1945). A website aimed at 7-9 year olds.
Rationing affected the food people ate, the clothes they wore, and it also affected the toys that children played with.
Toys to Make
Make your own toys with these free projects and patterns. Use many creative techniques and supplies to make a variety of crafts. Make your own bean bag toys, books, games, paper dolls, puppets, and more.
Matter and Motion: Model Airplanes
Use this aerodynamics investigation as a science fair project idea for your elementary or middle school science fair! Then tell us about it!
Tour the Mary McLeod Bethune Home
Let´s Play: A Guide to Toys for Children with Special Needs
Millions of parents, grandparents and other family members struggle to find the best play and educational products for children with special needs.
World War II: The Homefront (ThinkQuest Project)
"One front and one battle where everyone in the United States - every man, woman and child - is in action. that front is right here at home, in our daily lives." -U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in address to the nation, April, 1942.
The Modern Tribune: The Homefront
On December 7, 2004 there was an article in the local paper in Daytona Beach about civilian efforts to support the war during WW II.
A Tribute to Elizabeth M. Mulhern
A day in the life of the former Elizabeth MaGee was a lot different than the lives of children today. She remembers, “My teachers would talk about the war with us to see what we thought about it, but they didn´t elaborate on it because the teachers didn´t want to frighten the children.”
Kids´ View of World War II and the 1940s Era
During World War II kids would go out to fields and pick little plants called milkweed. They would pick them by the dozen. Milkweed has fairly large pods filled with little silk pieces. The reason for picking these plants was for the soldier´s life vests. Those little pieces of silk were stuffed into life vests making them very buoyant, meaning to keep them afloat.
The Home Front for K-12 teachers and students
Lesson plans and handouts.
DeLand Naval Air Museum -- Virtual Tour!
The Museum and Hangar are filled with military artifacts, vintage photographs, memorabilia that have been donated to the Museum. There is also a room dedicated to World War I. The Museum is dedicated to preserving our military history for the DeLand community.
Special Project: THE FLORIDA QUEST
Laptop Lauren and the Trackers are the main characters in the Florida Quest, a 4-week, multi-media project involving thousands of students in Volusia and Flagler counties. In this quest they discover Homefront and Heritage!