The lead-up to Christmas can be a very exciting time but it can also drag, particularly when you've got rather excited children at home or work has finished for the holiday. I decided that it might help members to collate some links of Tudor themed pastimes to help keep you and/or your children occupied. So, here you are and please feel free to add ideas in the comments section.
See my Claire Chats video on Indoor Tudor Games - click here or use these links for ideas, instructions and templates:
- Glückhaus, House of Fortune or Lucky Pig - See https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/29660/gluckshaus for more information.
- Niddy Noddy card game - see http://www.parlettgames.uk/histocs/noddy.html
- Piquet (Cent) card game - see http://www.parlettgames.uk/histocs/piquet.html for instructions.
- Primiera/Prime/Primero - See http://web.archive.org/web/20050208060221/http://www.elizabethangeek.com/wiki/PrimeroRules and http://jducoeur.org/game-hist/game-recon-primero.html for rules.
- Fox and Geese board game - See https://www.printableboardgames.net/preview/Fox_and_Geese for a board template, or http://www.auntannie.com/GamesToMake/FoxGeese/ for a craft activity to make a roll-up game board.
- Nine Men's Morris - See http://www.historyisfun.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/AnnasAdventures_NineMensMorris.pdf for instructions and board template.
- More medieval and Tudor games can be found at http://www.parlettgames.uk/histocs/ and http://jducoeur.org/game-hist/game-rules.html
To make paper dolls of Henry VIII's six wives, simply go to http://www.royalpaperdolls.com/HenryDollPage.htm, choose the wife you want and then print out the dolls to dress and doll clothes images.
Tudor Colouring Pages
Colouring in is meant to be relaxing, isn't it, but it's also something to keep the children busy while indoctrinating them at the same time. Find colouring pages to print out at:
Fancy adding some traditional Tudor and Elizabethan foods and drink to your own Christmas traditions? Here are some recipes to help you and you can also check out the December issue of Tudor Life magazine for more and, of course, my Claire Chats video on Lambswool/Wassail.
- Marchpane - Basic MarchpaneFaire Marchpane Being a Chessboarde
- Gingerbread - 15th century gingerbread.
- Mincemeat for mince pies - the recipe at http://www.godecookery.com/begrec/begrec86.htm contains meat, rather than just dried fruit.
- Frumenty - A recipe for the Tudor wheat porridge can be found at http://www.godecookery.com/mtrans/mtrans15.htm.
- Medieval Hypocras - Another popular Christmas drink which has developed into our modern mulled wine.
- Elizabethan sweetmeats - Marchpane, gingerbread and leach of almonds.
There are lots of videos on this website, from my weekly Claire Chats videos on lots of different Tudor topics, to expert talks and documentaries. Click on the links below to browse the categories:
Magazines and Quizzes
And don't forget to catch up on your reading with our archives of past issues of Tudor Life magazine - click here or have fun with the archives of weekly quizzes - click here.
Phew! That should keep you busy!