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“Oar-some” boat II – a viking long boat

dragon head viking ship model childs history projectA few years ago, Eldest made a viking long boat as part of her history homework. I blogged about it. Judging by the number of hits that post gets, I think this homework has been set by a lot of teachers around the UK. Half-term, it was middle daughter’s turn.

viking ship model childs history project

She was thrilled. She remembered watching her sister make the boat last time and wanted to join in. Continue reading

It wouldn’t be May Bank Holiday without……

woven around maypole

It wouldn’t be May Bank Holiday without……¬†seeing a little maypole dancing.

holding hands around the maypole

And this is one of the best I have seen.

skipping at start of maypole

With live music of the best kind.

dancing round the maypole

Audience clapping along.dancing around the maypole 2

Keeping a tradition alive.weaving maypole

Accomplishing complicated weaving.maypole weaving

They seemed happy to be joining in.skipping around the maypole

birds and maypole

So there you are. We can all start planting now.

(I may have stolen a march on that aspect.)

wells town crier

Oh Yeah. Oh Yeah!

Hope you had a good May Day.

Did you do anything traditional this weekend?

“Oar-some” model boat


This is a Viking long boat that AJ made for her homework this week. We picked up the instructions and templates here. At 10 years old, she was able to follow the instructions and do it pretty much by herself.

I sometimes think it is tough on my children as everyone wants to join in with this type of project. The other two children stood around dropping big hints that they wanted to make one. The parents hung around and wanted to suggest modifications, but the project had to be hers. She did allow us to make some suggestions. (I did help with some of the cutting out. I think it was to keep me from interfering anymore.)

We suggested using a fabric sail and wooden skewers for the sail, so that the sail could be lowered and pulled up again. Continue reading


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