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!

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

Top idea this month: Make a cardboard castle

Be the queen or king of your very own castle with this easy guide to making a cardboard fortress.

Watch the YouTube video and follow the simple step-by-step instructions to create your model, complete with battlements, towers and a working drawbridge!


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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