Things to make and do

For weekends, rainy days and holidays, we’ve collected our best ideas for you to 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!

Crafty ideas to try

Image: A boy waters his pot of herbs outside

Top idea this month: Plant your own mini herb garden!

Did you know that monks and nuns spent up to five hours every day working in their gardens? On this page, you can find out why gardens were so important to monastic life, and about some of the key herbs that medieval monks and nuns grew.

Then take inspiration from these godly gardeners and have a go at planting your own mini herb garden in a pot, by following our simple instructions. 

Get growing

Learn to draw with Kids Rule! illustrator Wesley Robbins

Featured video: Learn to draw Anglo-Saxon and Viking warriors!

Calling all aspiring artists! Join Wesley Robins, illustrator of English Heritage Kids Rule! magazine, for a series of fun draw-along art tutorials.

In these easy to follow videos, Wesley will explain step-by-step how to draw famous historical figures – so grab some paper and a pencil or pen and get ready to draw along with him!


Make your own felt dragon

Craft your very own ferocious yet adorable felt dragon.

Download the pattern via the button below, and follow the step-by-step instructions to make your creature.

Download the pattern and use our step-by-step guide

More to explore

  • Kids Home

    Learn about England’s history and discover more about everyday life in the past, from the rich and famous to the general population, through fun facts, illustrated stories and games. 

  • Historical Timeline Posters

    We've created a series of posters showing the history of England, from prehistory through to the World Wars. Print them out to create a mega timeline, or colour your own with our downloadable sheets.

  • Videos

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

  • Historical Makes and Bakes

    Find out what people ate in the past, serve up a slice of history with our delicious recipes and meet a Tudor cook. Plus, explore the food history linked to some of our favourite holidays!