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Kids Rule!

Welcome to Kids Rule! where you can learn about England’s history. Within each period we delve into the real lives of people, from the rich and famous to the general population. Discover more about everyday life and our properties through fun facts, illustrated stories and games.  There is a magazine under each section, as well as additional articles, videos, recipes, crafts, dressing up kits and other downloads. 

Take a closer look at the Norman Conquest and the current Kids Rule! magazine with these activities:

Spooktacular Halloween activities

Get ready for Halloween with our selection of activity ideas! Do you know why we carve Halloween pumpkins? Read our history of pumpkins to find out why, then have a go at carving your own! Or, get creative and make a scary mythical beast mask, cook up some spooky recipes or light up a dark night with a crafty castle lantern!

  • Why did people fear witchcraft? | History in a Nutshell | Animated History

    We think we all know witches, with their black cats, broomsticks and bubbling cauldrons. But do witches really exist? Watch this video to discover the magical history of witches. 

  • HALLOWEEN HISTORY: WHY WE CARVE PUMPKINS

    Will you be carving a pumpkin lantern this Halloween? Discover why we create creepy carvings each year and follow our instructions to make a lantern using the original vegetable of choice. Can you guess what it is?

  • HALLOWEEN COLOURING

    Get creative with our spooky Halloween colouring sheet! Click below to download, then use pencils, pens or paints to create your own gothic Whitby Abbey scene, as Dracula visits the ruins at midnight...

  • Make a 3 course Halloween meal

    Ask an adult to help you make these tasty recipes! Start with a warming bowl of pumpkin soup, whip up a 5 vegetable mash o' nine sorts and dip some delicious Halloween toffee apples for dessert. 

  • How To Make A Spooky Castle Lantern For Halloween

    Watch our video and download the templates to make your own silhouette castle lantern! Choose your favourite English Heritage castle and follow our step by step instructions for this crafty project.

  • How To Make a beastly Halloween mask

    Make your own Halloween mask inspired by mythical beasts and heraldry. Simply download our templates, choose your mythical beast (or create your own!) and follow the instructions to create your mask.

COMPETITION: DESIGN A TAPESTRY FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A £100 GOODY BAG!

We’d like you to create your very own tapestry, inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry, which told the story of the Norman conquest of England. The designer of our favourite tapestry will win a goody bag of treats from our online shop worth £100!

How to enter

Kids Rule! Videos

Travel back in time with our videos and have fun with history. Watch as we interview Henry VIII, put your Roman knowledge to the test with Rattus Rattus, go on an animated journey through the story of England and more.

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Things to make and do

Get hands-on and crafty with history. From model historical homes to costumes and coats of arms, there’s plenty here to be inspired by. Simply download our easy-to-use templates and instructions, and get making!

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Tasty historical makes and bakes

Serve up a slice of history with these delicious recipes from the past.  Find out how to make Mrs Crocombe's favourite biscuits, make a grand medieval pie, and watch our interview with a Tudor cook.

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Quizzes and Games

Could you survive in the past?  Take our challenges to find out if you'd make it, or do our mammoth quiz to find out about all things prehistory. Plus, print and make your own board games based on old favourites to play with all the family - who will win at Snakes & Abbots, and conquer all in Tudor Battleships?

Test your knowledge!
Image: young boy and girl reading the Kids Rule! Norman Conquest magazine

Spotlight on: The Norman Conquest

Explore our Kids Rule! guide to The Norman Conquest to discover life as a Norman, the events of 1066 and real Norman castles, with videos to watch, how-to guides and a downloadable dress up kit. 

Explore the Normans

TIMELINE OF ENGLAND'S HISTORY

Explore 500,000 years of the past with our expandable timeline, taking you on a whistlestop tour through some of the most famous moments in England's story.  You'll meet emperors and conquerors, hear tales of fire and famine, discover inventors and adventurers, unearth prehistoric bones and come face to face with kings and queens.

Explore the timeline

THE KIDS RULE! History timeline posters

Travel down the riverbank and discover the changes each period brings, as you create your own mega-timeline of English history with our series of downloadable posters. Or, colour your own using our printable sheets. 

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