The kids rule! Guide to Anglo-Saxon England

Welcome to the Kids Rule! guide to Anglo-Saxon England. Learn about England’s history, discover more about English Heritage sites and find loads of fun things to watch, read and do! Here's what we've got in store for you:

Meeting Osmund

Interview with an Anglo-Saxon warrior

We sent young Members Tom and Hana Ellingham to Offa's Dyke to meet Osmund the Anglo-Saxon warrior, as he patrols the border of this great frontier earthwork built by Offa, King of Mercia from AD757 to AD796. Watch the video to discover how Saxons made their weapons, who they worshipped, what clothes they wore and why they probably had terrible breath!

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Reading Kids Rule!

The kids rule! Guide to Anglo-Saxon England (Issue 1)

Download and read the Kids Rule! Guide to Anglo-Saxon England to discover the secrets of our Saxon sites, make your own Viking runes and take our quiz to find out if you could survive a vicious Viking raid!

This is part of the Kids Rule! magazine series following the history of England, designed to help you discover more about the past, through fun facts, illustrated stories, games, puzzles and competitions.

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Things to make and do: get creative with our Anglo-Saxon themed activities

  • COLOUR YOUR OWN Anglo-Saxon Settlement

    Download this colouring sheet to create your own version of our Anglo-Saxon history timeline poster!  Read through the introduction to this era of history, then get creative with coloured pencils, pens or paints. 


    The Saxons may have had a fairly simple diet compared to the exotic tastes of their Roman predecessors, but they still liked a delicious snack as much as we do. Download our recipe for Saxon honey, oat and spice cakes and get baking with the help of a grown-up!


    Reinvent yourself as Alfred the Great, King of Wessex (AD871 to AD899), who successfully defended his kingdom against the Vikings, or a Viking raider with the help of our cool downloadable dress-up kit.

  • More things to make and do

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

Saxon poster: Make your mega timeline

We've created a series of posters showing how people lived in England through the ages, like this one showing life in an Anglo-Saxon settlement.

Each of the posters follows on from each other, so that when you download them all from the Kids Rule! pages, you can create your own mega timeline of English history!

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