Terrific Tudor arts and crafts and activities for kids

Educational arts and crafts things for children to make during Tudor History school lessons. Plus: three great child-friendly Tudor places of interest they really should see!

The Tudor Age is a colourful, exciting and action packed period of English history that historians and children alike seem to easily develop an affinity with.

Kids will have great fun finding out about the exciting lives of Tudor royalty; the likes of Henry VIII, `scary' Bloody Mary and Elizabeth I did not lead dull lives!

Arts and Crafts store Baker Ross has some inspiring craft materials which are ideal for use in classroom Tudor history projects.

Tudor Wooden Stick Masks feature the faces of King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I (do the class know that she isn't the only Queen named Elizabeth to have ruled England?)

The masks are great fun to colour in and decorate - you will need plenty of red acrylic paint as both these monarchs had the Tudor's flaming red hair. Queen Elizabeth's and Queen Mary's faces will have to be painted white to match their `English Rose' pale complexions!

Tudor Rose Cushion Sewing Kits will help produce cushions fit for chairs, sofas or thrones! The Tudor Rose was formed of a red rose (representing Lancaster) and a white rose (representing the House of York) - hence the colour scheme of these comfy cushions.

A Tudor Neck Ruff Kit comes with pre-cut card templates and pre-folded paper and can be decorated with pens and paints. Ruffs were worn by many Tudor people - both men and women. The women's ruffs were often sparkled with decorations of the sun, moon and stars. Can pupils re-create and pull off this distinctive fashion look?

Tudor Scratch Art Magnets have designs which symbolise the Tudor's pursuits, occupations and love of adventure; court jesters, Tudor mansions and galleon ships still have a magnetic appeal today!

Tudor places for kids to visit

There are some great places for children to find out more about the rich variety of Tudor life.

The Mary Rose

Visiting The Mary Rose is a must for children interested in Tudor history. Built around 1509, it sank in 1545 and was raised from the sea bed in 1982.

A trip to the Mary Rose museum in Portsmouth offers a great chance to see incredible items recovered from the wreck.

The Golden Hind

Down in Devon, Brixham Harbour is home to the Golden Hind Museum ship; a reconstruction of a ship which took Sir Francis Drake round the globe between 1577 to 1580. Reports of this museum ship all emphasise how child-friendly it is.

Hampton Court Palace

Further inland, Hampton Court Palace still retains a Tudor charm which kids will warm to. Much of Henry's Tudor palace is still intact and a visit to its Tudor kitchens affords the opportunity of seeing costumed cookery demonstrations.

Children can really lose themselves while breathing in the Tudor atmosphere of Hampton Court Palace, just as you can lose yourself in the famous maze located there!