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!

Image: photo of the Tudor Christmas puppets

Put on a show!

Christmas drama was very popular with the Tudors. Masques were a new type of play in England, that focused on music, poetry and dancing, and were often performed by members of the court.

You can put on your own Tudor play, with our Christmas puppets, including Henry VIII, his queen, Anne Boleyn, Princess Mary, royal advisor Thomas Cromwell, and the court jester to entertain the royal party! 

To set the stage for your production, make a theatre using our downloadable templates and easy step-by-step instructions, then add your Tudor backdrops to complete the scene. 

Download your Tudor puppets

Christmas things to make and do

Get crafty this Christmas, with our selection of seasonal things to make and do.

Henry VIII draw-along art tutorial

Draw along with Kids Rule! magazine illustrator Wesley Robins, as he shows you step-by-step how to portray this famous Tudor king. 

Plus, find out from Wesley just what it takes to be an illustrator – and his top tip for budding artists!


Games to make and play

New – Civil wars board game: play roundheads vs cavaliers

It’s 1643 and the Civil War between the Roundheads and the Cavaliers is raging, but who will get the upper hand? Choose your side and embark on a race to the finish by becoming the first to beseige and claim all 12 English Heritage castles across the country! The fate of England is in your hands, but have you got what it takes to claim victory?

Play the game

More ideas to try

Image: Front view of completed Victorian-style toy theatre model

Top idea this month: Make a Victorian Toy Theatre!

Discover how miniature toy theatres became popular during the Victorian era, then download our printable templates and follow our instructions to make your own!

You'll find everything you need to put on your own Christmas play set at Osborne, Queen Victoria’s former home on the Isle of Wight.


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 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.

  • Tasty Historical Makes and Bakes

    Serve up a slice of history with these delicious recipes from the past.  Whip up a batch of Mrs Crocombe's favourite Queen Drop Biscuits, bake a medieval pie, watch our interview with a Tudor cook and more.

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